What’s next for foster youth in Philly?

on 17 November 2016

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This article was published November 17, 2016 on Generocity.org.

When attendees entered State of Young Philly’s panel about the state of foster care in the city, they were faced with one of those two scenarios in a small birthday card. The 841 youth projected to age out Pennsylvania’s foster care system between 2015 and 2016, according to the state’s needs-based budget, have to face those types of decisions when they turn 18.

Journalist Solomon Jones moderated the panel discussion about how to fill the gaps in the foster care system that allow 25 percent of those who age out to be incarcerated within the first two years and 33 percent to live below the poverty line.

“I think people want to think that the system has the ability to raise a child,” said panelist Elizabeth Wendel, a member of foster youth-supporting coffee shop Monkey & the Elephant’s board of directors and assistant director of the “Family Finding” program at social service provider Turning Points for Children. “And that’s simply not true. While there are a lot of good things in place, we need a better way to facilitate true emotional connections that help young people transition into successful adulthood.”

Read the complete article on Generocity.org.