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

Sep 3, 2014



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.


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