Arizona teens are not taking advantage of services to help them transition out of care. The Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that 23 percent of youth nationwide receive financial help through employment programs, vocational training or training assistance for education. The report should be used to help guide policy reform.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown's $23.6 billion budget proposal includes 224 added employment opportunities in child welfare to help increase recruiting and retaining foster families. In addition, the proposal includes plans to expand a program to assist youth in foster care to live independently.
CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.
Regarding Arizona's article, it has been my experience due to worker caseloads and other extenuating circumstances, teens imminent of aging out are not always given the information or support needed to access services. Albeit that many teens are so "done" with the system they are averse to interaction with their workers, workers have an obligation to be proactive and provide information, services and support no matter the difficulty of the teen.