Creating a Supportive and Meaningful Transition to Independent Living
In a bipartisan way, states across the country have sought to tackle these issues by initiating “foster care re-entry” legislation. This legislation would allow young people the opportunity to leave the system and test out their independence (much like their peers from intact families), while providing an option to re-enter “foster care” up until the age of 21 in order to gain the skills, supports, and resources necessary to build a successful, independent life.
This Children’s Caucus presentation focused on the need for change in the current system, the benefits to foster youth of foster care re-entry legislation, and possible next steps for Colorado. Betsy Fordyce from the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center and Linda Weinerman from Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative both presented on the benefits of the option for Foster Care Re-Entry, see both their presentations below. The final speaker of yesterday's Children's Caucus presentation was emancipated foster-youth, Will Lesley-Patton. Will provided articulate and valuable insight to the struggles a youth emancipating from the system faces.
Thank you to the legislators and community members who attended the Caucus and took time to learn more about this pressing issue. For more information on Foster Care Re-Entry, please contact Betsy Fordyce of the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center:
Director of Advocacy Initiatives - the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
To see more photos of yesterday's Caucus, please visit our Photos page!