Foster Care

The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Creating Brighter Futures For Former Foster Kids

The Fostering Bright Futures program helps former foster care children transition into college.
Credit Wake Tech Community College

Last year, it looked unclear if Keilia Scott would be able to complete the cosmetology program she began at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh. A foster child since the age of 15, Scott struggled in her teen years without family support.

She moved to nine different homes and each transition meant adaptation to a new family, new rules and a new school. Scott admits she was rebellious and ran away from several homes. The system eventually  placed her in a locked facility out-of-state.

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7:36 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Wake Tech Program Guides Students Raised In Foster Care To Higher Education

A program called Fostering Bright Futures works to guide students who were raised in foster care through Wake Tech.
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A program at Wake Tech Community College is working to help young people aging out of the foster care system transition into college.

Michelle Blackmon is the program coordinator for Fostering Bright Futures. She said kids often don't acquire the same life skills in foster care, or have the same support, that makes going to college easier for kids who grow up with family.

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The State of Things
11:07 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Child Welfare And Immigration Enforcement

Sign at the U.S. Border.
Credit Makaristos via Creative Commons

Last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported more than 400,000 people. But what happens when those deportees are parents? Children may end up in foster care as parents abroad struggle to regain custody. 

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