Can Michigan Make Aging Out of Foster Care Easier?

Can Michigan Make Aging Out of Foster Care Easier?

July 9, 2013 | by Sarah Alvarez | Michigan Radio

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In foster care, once young people turn 18 years old, they are effectively on their own and must independently secure a job or support themselves through college. Conference sessions held in Michigan aimed to prepare teenagers for this often bleak reality by discussing topics such as housing and budgeting. While Michigan is ahead of other states in implementing more generous and comprehensive programs to extend foster care beyond the age of 18, there is still substantial room for improvement.

In foster care, once young people turn 18 years old, they are effectively on their own and must independently secure a job or support themselves through college. Conference sessions held in Michigan aimed to prepare teenagers for this often bleak reality by discussing topics such as housing and budgeting. While Michigan is ahead of other states in implementing more generous and comprehensive programs to extend foster care beyond the age of 18, there is still substantial room for improvement.

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