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January 11, 2017
US: After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms
(Includes audio)
Youth Radio

When Noel Anaya was just a year old, he and his five brothers and sisters were placed in the California foster care system. He has spent nearly all of his life in that system and has just turned 21. In California, that's the age when people in foster care "age out" of the system and lose the benefits the system provides. That process becomes official at a final court hearing. Anaya, along with Youth Radio, got rare permission to record the proceeding, where he read a letter he wrote about his experience in the foster care systems. [Read more].

January 4, 2017
Simone Biles Opens Up About Her Time in Foster Care — and How She’s Helping Kids in Need Now is giving back in a big way
Simone Biles is giving back in a big way. The bubbly 4-foot-8 Olympic gold medalist, born to a mother addicted to drugs and alcohol, was placed in foster care at the age of 3 before she and her younger sister could be adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ron, and his wife, Nellie. [Read more]

December 2, 2016
Links of Life Youth Conference: Building Connections That Will Last a Lifetime

Young men and women transitioning from child welfare and judicial systems need to create lasting connections to be successful as adults, and the Department of Human Services (DHS) has helped to host events over the years to engage these youth, including the recent Links of Life (LOL) Youth Conference in Des Moines. [Read more]


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"It is no longer sufficient to say Aftercare is one of the best transition programs in the country, which it certainly is, but moreover it is a model for other programs
of all kinds."


--Doug Wolfe, Program Planner
Iowa Dept. of Human Services


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by Samanthya

"I don’t remember ever wanting to be anything when I grew up. I am the biological daughter of a bank-robbing meth addict. I didn’t think there was much for me beyond the trailer park life. That all changed when I became a second-generation foster child on June 20, 2002."