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Why Oregon Should Expand the Reach of Independent Living Programs for Foster Youth

When I was 17, my bike was stolen. It was a pretty difficult situation for me. The year before, I had entered foster care with my 7-year-old sister. I depended on my bike to get me to my first job, which wasn’t very close to the foster home where my sister and I had been placed.


A Vision for California Policy from Youth in Foster Care

Over 100 members of California Youth Connection (CYC) and their adult supporters gathered last weekend at the University of Southern California to discuss crucial issues facing youth in the foster care system, and create policy recommendations to remove these barriers to success for young people in the future.


Going Out of County to College, Support Gets Lost in the Shuffle

I was 17 years old when I graduated high school and went away to college. There were several reasons I wanted to move to a new county. I had a desirable scholarship package at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), which has a great acting program.


New Bill Would Have Foster Youth Evaluate Their Placements

By Kuaikuai Wei Research has shown that more than 60 percent of children who have been in foster care at least two years have moved two or more times in the system.


“Mr. J” Helps Youths Expand Their Possibilities

by Justin Pye Alameda County’s Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) works to ensure that the oldest wards of child welfare aren’t left out of care. “Most kids would come into care and live their whole life there until emancipation,” said Robert “Mr.