Coronavirus pandemic stresses young adults aging out of foster care []


By Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, May 3, 2020

When Gov. Gavin Newsom pumped $42 million of emergency funding into foster care, he steered a small portion — about $1.8 million — toward young adults who might otherwise be cut loose from services and thrust into a deadly pandemic.

Advocates say the money isn’t enough to help people learning to navigate the world on their own.

People like Emmerald Evans, 21, who went grocery shopping with a friend right as the shelter-in-place orders began to clamp down. Shelves were picked clean, other shoppers were panicked, and Evans, who grew up shuffling between foster homes in Sacramento and San Francisco, had no idea what nutritious foods to buy. Nobody had taught her how to pack supplies for a disaster.

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