Youth in Care Need More Help Now (New York)

New York Daily News

Bronx: I am a 22-year-old honor roll college junior. I was on track to being one of the success stories of young people who leave foster care. Now, I’m not so sure.

I entered foster care for a year when I was two and re-entered at 13. At 17, my grandmother became my legal guardian. After I aged out at 21, I struggled with homelessness and a lack of support because my mother and grandmother passed away.

I work for a non-profit that focuses on the adoption of older teens in care who are about to age out of the system. I worry about them daily. I had a community. I was nominated to be the next president of my sorority. I’ve surrounded myself with support networks and adults I can depend upon during times of crisis.

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