Voice of Youth

Posted on August 2, 2018

“I’m not gonna tell you what gives me hope, I’m going to tell you what I hope comes out of this. I really hope we don’t have to keep having these same conversations that have been going on for more than 60 years, and that we do not have to reform or to reimagine child welfare, and that the government can fully be supportive and be involved and that they walk in the same direction as us. And that we do not have to keep having these legal battles or just having the same dialogue that each government has with us.” – Reina Foster, former foster child and advocate on behalf of First Nations kids and youth in care [1]

Parity for Kinship Foster Caregivers (Chronicle of Social Change, August 2018)

Improve Federal Supports for Foster Parents (Chronicle of Social Change, August 2018)

Supporting Prevention, Assessing Childhood Trauma (Chronicle of Social Change, August 2018)

Stable Placement Equals Stable Education (Chronicle of Social Change, July 2018)

Getting Serious About Siblings (Chronicle of Social Change, July 2018)

Protecting LGBTQ Rights in Child Welfare (Chronicle of Social Change, July 2018)

Universal Foster Care to Age 21 (Chronicle of Social Change, July 2018)

Mentoring and College Support for Foster Youth (Chronicle of Social Change, July 2018)

Improving Foster Care for Refugee Minors (Chronicle of Social Change, July 2018)

Moving Toward Trauma-Informed Schools (Chronicle of Social Change, July 2018)

Jaclyn King Has Overcome a lot to get Where She is Today – She is Doing More Than Surviving, She is Thriving (Nelson Star, June 2018)

Successful MMA Fighter Justin Willis Aims to Raise Awareness About the Foster Care System and the Mistreatment he Endured (MMA, June 2018)

Brothers Share Details of Their Lives in Foster Care With Their Program “Decade Out” – Travelling Around the Country Talking to Numerous Agencies, Groups, Churches, Colleges, and Others (Canton Rep, June 2018)

Reimaging the Child Welfare System – by Reina Foster (Journal of Law and Social Policy, 2018)

“One Thing I do Recall is Feeling Powerless and Unprotected” – Reina Foster (The Tyee, June 2018)

After an Abusive Childhood in Foster Care, This Executive Sees Success as Revenge (Washington Post, June 2018)

Education Policy Needs to Catch up to the Needs of Foster Care Youth (Teen Vogue, June 2018)

Foster Care Forces me to Conceal my Identity as a Queer, Black, Muslim Person (Teen Vogue, June 2018)

Marlo Hampton, Who Grew up in the Foster Care System, is Using Her Celebrity Status as a Catalyst for Change – She Aims to Encourage Young Girls in the Foster Care System to Excel Beyond Their Current Status and Succeed in All Areas of Their Lives (The Oracle, May 2018)

I Was a Foster Child, and Now I’m a Foster Care Advocate (Teen Vogue, May 2018)

How Foster Care Has Stripped Native American Children of their Own Cultures (Teen Vogue, May 2018)

How Foster Care can Split up Siblings (Teen Vogue, May 2018)

How Prevention Services Could Help Youth Avoid the Foster Care System (Teen Vogue, May 2018)

How Foster Care Works in the United States (Teen Vogue, May 2018)

Indigenous Designer who Experienced Foster Care and Childhood Abuse, Sees Fashion as a Way to Heal and Inspire (CBC News, May 2018)

[1] Katie Hyslop, “Lessons from Care: ‘One Thing I Do Recall Is Feeling Powerless and Unprotected’” June 4, 2108 

Former Foster Youth in Fashion Tells His Story to Encourage Others (January 10, 2022)

Best of Youth Voice 2021 (December 27, 2021)

It’s On All of Us: Close Youth Prisons, Build Youth Leaders (June 21, 2021)

Snapshots From the Life in the Foster Care System (November 9, 2021)

In Pushing through Life’s Difficulties, “Incapable” Youth Can Reach New Heights (December 17, 2021)

Simone Biles: You Can Be Strong and Choose Rest (July 29, 2021)

Eradicating Color Lines to Provide Safe Environments for All Foster Youth (December 8, 2021)

Youth Voices are Essential in Reforming the Child Welfare System (June 17, 2020)

Spotlight on Youth Voices: Why Family Matters (November 21, 2019)

‘Growing up in Care I Felt Voiceless. It’s Time I Use my Voice’ (Cabin Radio, December 2018)

7 Siblings Adopted Out of Foster Care Want to Share Their Story (Aleteia, January 2019)