7:36am

Wed September 3, 2014
Politics

Your Call: How can we improve the foster care system?

 

  

On the September 3rd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with current and former foster care youth about their experiences. On any given day, there are approximately 397,000 children in foster care in the United States. 60,000 are in California. On average, children remain in state care for nearly two years, but some remain in the system for five or more. What changes would foster youth like to change? How can ordinary citizens help transform the foster care system? It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan, and you.
 

Guests:

Heather Matheson, former foster youth, student at San Francisco State
 

Ka'Tina Jackson, former foster youth, member of Community Youth Center

 

Joseph Bakit, current foster youth, student at UC Berkeley

Web Resources:

California Youth Connection

Fostering Media Connections

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

California CASA

San Francisco CASA
 

Think of Us

 

Chronicle for Social Change: A Public Education: Foster Youth Share Experiences with Social Workers Part 1 / Part 2

 

Huffington Post: Reimagining the Future for Foster Youth

 

Chronicle of Social Change: Out of Turbulent Foster Care, a Vibrant Policy Voice

 

Los Angeles Times: Private foster care troubles in California lead to new scrutiny

 

Los Angeles Times: Social workers can now check if foster parents have criminal pasts

Los Angeles Daily News: Drugging our kids: Children in California’s foster care system are prescribed risky medications

 

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