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Aging Out of Foster Care

KQED Forum series from December 21, 2015: According to a national study, 1-in-5 foster care youth will become homeless after the age 18, and 1-in-4 will be involved in the justice system within two years...

Cops, Group Homes and Criminalized Kids

In this story, a brave young woman who has found her voice through California Youth Connection (CYC), tells her story and how it illustrates the pros and cons of a proposed law in California, AB 388, which proposes...

After Finals, Foster Youth Students Face a Much More Difficult Test

Only 3% of foster youth make it to college, and only half of them graduate, partly because of the extra obstacles they face. This article describes some of those challenges.

Pain, But No Regrets: A Father Remembers His Adopted Son

An inspiring adoption story from right here in San Francisco.

Drugging Our Kids

This fall the San Jose Mercury News published a five-part investigation into the overprescription of psychiatric drugs for foster youth.

L.A. County supervisors debate whether to lock up at-risk foster youth

This article in the LA Times discusses the struggle LA County is having in breaking the link between children in foster care and the insidious forces of human trafficking.

Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted from Foster Care

This fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlines the various forms of assistance available to those adopting children out of the foster system.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma

A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing. Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath...

The Language of Flowers

This is a beautiful novel written from the perspective of a young woman who spent most of her childhood in foster care. Her story very accurately portrays her challenges, her resilience, and how having one person...

Hope’s Boy

This memoir tells the story of a young boy forced into foster care at age 7 because of his mother's inability to care for him because of mental illness. Though Andrew Bridge went on to graduate from...