Wise words about the plight of kids aging out of our foster care system from our friend Judy Cockerton, founder and Executive Director of Treehouse Foundation and an Encore Public Voices Fellow with the Op-Ed Project.

“When these young people reach the legal age of legal adulthood, and we expect them to start adulting: they need a job that pays a living wage, an apartment, furniture, clothes, and the skills required to create a budget, pay bills, grocery shop, clean and do all of the other things that we associate with being self-sufficient. What this means is that after a childhood being dependent on a system, suddenly they are out in the world alone. All of these young people lack a permanent legal relationship with a biological or adoptive parent or adult guardian. They have no safety net…We have to make it acceptable for a child at age 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 to be worthy of the family.”

For her complete comments read her Op-Ed in Garnet News.

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