Nationally, nearly half of youth in foster care do not complete high school by age 18. Frequent school moves and course credits that don't transfer are a big part of the problem. Here's more on why school stability is critical for foster youth—and what you can do to help.
The event will feature an exclusive preview of the soon-to-be-released Kids for Cash non-fiction film and a discussion with filmmaker Robert May, producer of the Oscar®-winning film Fog of War. We'll also be honoring Charisse Lillie, President, Comcast Foundation, and thanking Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Experience and research show that we have a better chance of ending up with policies that advance good practice when we listen to youth in foster care, and to foster youth alumni, about what works and what does not work. In addition to creating better policies, youth benefit from the experience of advocating for themselves and seeing that their voice is important.
In recent years, states have passed harsh public registration laws that punish children while doing little to protect public safety. Many of these laws have been enacted in response to a federal law, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which targets adult sex offenders, but also includes children. Juvenile Law Center has long argued that these laws are misguided. A new, comprehensive report from Human Rights Watch supports our view.
To reduce the number of youth aging out of foster care without permanency while increasing positive education, employment, and health care outcomes, we must do more than merely extend foster care. We must also improve and change it so that it works for young adults. No one understands this better than the young people in foster care themselves.
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