New programs help former foster-care students succeed at college

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  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    Oct. 27, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    My husband was a foster care child in the west coast. At the age of 18, he was basically told to get a job and released from the foster home he Had been residing in for over 12 years. It is to bad they didnt have a program like that. His foster family was more interested in the money it provided. He had no other choice than to relocate to another state to live with his grandparents and bachelor uncles. They blamed him for everything and it was not a good situation for him. I Hope that states make into account that at age 18 you dont have alot of resources to make it. His dad died when he was 7 and his mom was not a part of his life. He has turned out to be a good man, but i think states should take into consideration certain factor when released they are released from foster care. Not that he should have been on it forever, no but just lumping them all together at age 18 and getting thrown by some states to the curb isnt Well thought out either. Just my 2 cents worth.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Sept. 15, 2013 5:03 a.m.

    Some years ago, our stake did a Youth Conference centered around foster care. One of the youth speakers was a recent convert of about a year who was in foster care. They talked about social service people just showing up and literally giving them about 30 min-1 hour to pack because they were moving to another foster home. Happened all the time. Or because they were being taken out of their home to go to foster care. Except for the first time there was usually a cop or two on the scene too.

    Still the foster care children only had minimal notice and minimal time. They gave them a black garbage bag always for packing. It was heart wrenching to imagine a child having to go through that.

    The youth did a service project where they put together care packages to give to local social service providers to give to the children after their first foster care moves. They included games, contact information for penpals, stuffed animals, nice age appropriate books, etc.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    Great story about a great program! I hope their success will lead to many more programs like it. It is easy to judge those who end up incarcerated etc but when you get to know some of them you begin to see that with a little help at the right time their lives might have turned out much differently.

  • Linda Brummett PROVO, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    Please do a follow-up story on what services are available for Utah children in foster care wanting to continue their education. This was a very moving story to me and the image of an 18- year old being dropped off with a black garbage bag containing all of her/his possessions will stay with me a long time. Is there an active program to solicit scholarship money? Is there mentoring? I worked my own way through school, so I know it can be done, but support comes in many forms, not just financial. I had a loving family and knew that if I couldn't make it, they would do everything they could to help. However, tuition assistance in the form of scholarships or grants, makes it more possible leaving the student "only" needing to earn housing and food.