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View Diary: More Bad News for California's Foster Kids (30 comments)

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    Hoping you see this. FWIW, the agency I volunteer with out here, the head is very savvy about foster children, street youth, abused children. Years ago he worked with others to create a program in our state for such children... which consists of group homes where they can live as they near aging out. (There are other, limited quantity, funded beds available after aging out. )

    They learn life skills, have a fair amount of freedom, and there is no requirement that they treat their living situation as a "family". One reason that program was created is that children who've been in 8-50 families... often find the thought of moving into another family situation to be impossible to handle.

    Excerpt from legislative push to retain such beds this year:

    Passed in 1999 the HOPE Act provides two critical services to adolescents in the foster care system. These services include Hope beds and Responsible Living Skills Programs. The final 2010 supplemental budget funded 23 Hope beds with an appropriation of $972.0777. In addition, the 32 RLSPs remained funded at $1,160,440 to provide vital transitional services.

    Retained the HOPE beds: The Hope beds provide 30-day emergency shelter for teenagers who are on the streets or on a runaway status. HOPE beds are the only beds in the State of Washington that adolescents can self-refer to. HOPE beds provide safe emergency care and reduce the length of time adolescents are on runaway status. The HOPE beds are targeted to both adolescents who are legal dependents of Washington State as well as those who are from private families.
    Retained the Responsible Living Skills Programs (RLSP): RLSP beds are long term programs targeting older youth in the foster care system who have experienced multiple placements and educational changes. Typically family reunification is not considered probable and the RLSP are designed to support the "readiness" of older youth to exit the foster care system.

    This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

    by AllisonInSeattle on Mon May 10, 2010 at 02:09:52 AM PDT

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