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New Social Network Aims to Fill Void Left by Foster Care System

The Camellia Network, a social network launched over the summer, wants to provide young people [in the USA] who age out of the foster care system with the support and resources of a family.When foster children turn 18 or 21 in a few states, the system stops providing them housing if they have not been permanently adopted by a family. This adds up to roughly 30,000 teens and young adults being kicked out of their homes each year, with slim or no resources to get on their feet and begin adulthood.According to Camellia Network co-founder Isis Keigwin, the prospects are grim for the system’s alums: One-quarter will end up homeless, one-quarter will be incarcerated, just 3% will earn college degrees, and 60% will have children within four years, who will be twice as likely as their parents to end up in the foster care system.

via New Social Network Aims to Fill Void Left by Foster Care System.


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This entry was posted on September 24, 2012 by in Social Media, VIDEO, Youth and tagged , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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