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Do you know the challenges of foster youth?
I was removed from my birth family and the way of life I knew.
I have been moved from home to home and school to school. It is difficult for me to bond with parental authority, or for that fact, authority of any kind.
Between the age of 18 and 21 the funds my foster parents receive stop. It’s time for me to leave.
I have to survive on my own. I may find myself homeless, becoming a couch hopper at the home of friends, or worse yet, incarcerated.
The challenge: Abandonment
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Who do I ask those important delicate questions to while growing up and transitioning into adulthood?
Where do I spend the next holiday; Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas? Do I have anyone to celebrate my birthday with?
I have the similar dreams and goals as my peers, but no one asks me about them. No one seems to care.
Do my teachers and peers see me as “different?”
The challenge: Acceptance
“Beginning a new decade with a new look!" Bravo Programs of America awards scholarships and book money to young adults, aged 18 through 24, who are or were in the Foster Care System and are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary education program.
SOME FOSTER FACTS
College graduation rates are in the single digits.
A third to a half leave the foster care system without a GED or high school degree.
By age 21, 25% have:
* experienced homelessness
* given birth to or fathered a child
The challenge: Detours