A Call to Action: Hire Older Foster Alumni to Speak [socialjusticesolutions.org]

As it stands, foster and emancipated youth agencies and non-profits that seek a youth perspective hire alumni between the ages of 18 and 24.

This standard practice makes sense, given that more states are extending foster care services, they rely on federal money to serve this particular population and people find raw stories from fresh-faced youth emotionally compelling and conductive to their life’s work.

What services are working, not working and why? Also, young people are a hypnotic draw with their animated energy, awkward charm and blunt recollections of their dramatic lives.

But there’s a critical, unspoken void when it comes to life after foster care: What happens yearsafter post-emancipation services end? How do former foster youth fare in the long run when they are truly on their own

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