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Delaware to Offer Free State College to Former Foster Youth


Delaware to Offer Free State College to Former Foster Youth

Beginning next spring, some Delaware students who were previously in foster care will have access to cost-free college.

Youth Voice author Shay House on George Floyd's murder and justice for Black Americans.


‘People with First-Hand Experience Should be at the Forefront of Policy Reform’

“I firmly believe that true expertise lies within one’s own experience. Thus, people with first-hand experience should be at the forefront of policy reform.”


Finding Stability Within the Child Welfare System

Sabrina Abong shares how she found stability despite moving through eight different homes.
I have been in eight different homes and this is my experience with the child welfare system. I want child abuse and neglect to end within the child welfare system.


Pandemic Support for Foster Youth Still Delayed, Months After Federal Action

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
Over the past year, tens of thousands of young adults in foster care faced a distressing prospect: Once they turned 21, in all but a few states, they would lose the money they counted on for housing and basic living expenses — even as the pandemic slashed entry-level jobs and shuttered college dorms.


For Teens in Foster Care, It Takes a Village to Raise but a Family to Show Love

Victor Sims: “When we prevent teenagers from having families we restrict them from the love, belonging and security that a family has to offer.” 
Only 58% of teens in foster care live with a family, compared with 95% of kids 12 and younger, according to a recent report by Annie E.


Five Former Foster Youth Sound Off: How the Pandemic Impacts Their Education

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person support services for current and former foster youth have been eliminated. This has been devastating for students pursuing higher education and left many to rely on – or long for – the lifelong connections promised when they exited foster care.

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A Pop Tart Tribute to Human Rights

In late December, the nonprofit iFoster hosted its inaugural Great iFoster Bake Off, a national Zoom-hosted competition where foster youth and caregivers teamed up to decorate holiday houses made out of Pop Tarts.


Youth Sound Off: Best Reads of 2020

The year 2020 is almost over and what a year it has been! Several issues and events sparked major outrage and discussions about how those issues affect those who have experienced foster care, homelessness and juvenile incarceration around the world.

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California Youth Connection Board Selects Staffer as Its New Director

Janay Eustace
California Youth Connection, one of the most respected foster youth advocacy organizations in the nation, has a new director after a six-month search. Turns out, the answer was in the office the whole time.