As a youth in foster care, I am used to major decisions about me being made in my absence. Countless times, I was not made aware of my court dates, where my future would be decided. But not being able to participate in court can have a far-reaching impact on foster youth like me. Last year, I tried reaching out to my attorney to find out my court date and to discuss some challenges I had with my case workers. However, he never answered, and attended my hearing without me. I later found out...
Thank you for sharing, that was a great article describing the gaps where multiple systems intersect, but never merge. Child Welfare, Mental Health, Family Courts, Law Enforcement and Corrections all have a role in maintaining the safety of children and families, there is so much more work to do for these systems to work cohesively. The Congressional resolution is encouraging and worth learning more about!
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