foster youth http://kalw.org en A starting place for former foster youth http://kalw.org/post/starting-place-former-foster-youth <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dejon Lewis was 11 years old when child protective services arrived to take him and his twin sister away from their mother, whom he says is a drug addict. But instead of giving themselves over to the state, the two children made a run for it. Lewis says they stayed with a family friend for a while, but eventually they turned themselves in, and that’s when he entered the foster care system. Since then, Lewis has bounced around a lot.</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s hard to live when you’re just living with strangers and strangers and strangers, and no relatives. But I know down the road that that wouldn’t last forever, so I had to figure out how to be more independent,” he says.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:59:30 +0000 Rachel Wong 41059 at http://kalw.org A starting place for former foster youth Beyond Idol: Alameda County’s foster youth show their talent http://kalw.org/post/beyond-idol-alameda-county-s-foster-youth-show-their-talent <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">It’s audition day for Beyond Idol. Contestants pace around a large waiting area at Laney College, practicing softly to themselves as they wait for their turn. </span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 02:23:46 +0000 Kyung Jin Lee 36635 at http://kalw.org Beyond Idol: Alameda County’s foster youth show their talent Special Adoptions: Connecting special kids with special parents http://kalw.org/post/special-adoptions-connecting-special-kids-special-parents <p><span id="yui_3_13_0_rc_1_1_1382497173062_3768" style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span id="yui_3_13_0_rc_1_1_1382497173062_3768" style="font-weight: bold;">Special Adoptions</span>: <strong>Thursday at 7pm</strong>, <em>Out in the Bay</em> host Eric Jansen speaks with Dennis Hanley, the gay single adoptive dad of three brothers, and with Doni DeBolt, the executive director of <a href="http://www.aask.org">Adopt A Special Kid</a> (AASK). Founded 40 years ago, this Oakland-based agency was among the first in the U.S. to encourage lesbian, gay, single, lower-income and older adults to adopt children, and the first to focus on special needs children, including sets of siblings, older kids, and queer youth neglected in foster care.&nbsp; Live interview 7pm Thursday, Oct. 24, on kalw.org + 91.7 FM; <a href="http://www.outinthebay.org/aask-queering-adoption-for-40-years/">listen after broadcast</a> at <a href="http://www.OutintheBay.org">OutInTheBay.org</a><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.aask.org/register-now-for-our-fabulous-40th-anniversary-celebration/" target="_blank"> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 03:16:21 +0000 Eric Jansen 34829 at http://kalw.org Special Adoptions: Connecting special kids with special parents New law leaves some foster youth hanging http://kalw.org/post/new-law-leaves-some-foster-youth-hanging <p>A new law, California Fostering Connection to Success Act or AB 12, extends support for foster children until age 20. But because the law is being phased in, youth who turn 19 this year will not receive support until January 1, 2013. David Colby, a former foster child who had been accepted into UC Berkeley, may only be covered by Contra Costa County until August. Until then, he could be on his own. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:59:32 +0000 Holly Kernan 11975 at http://kalw.org New law leaves some foster youth hanging