|Sunday, November 04, 2012|
|Tenneesee foster kids face new hurdles at age 18|
By Tony Gonzalez|
As a child who grew up in state foster care, Jennifer Rhodes knew that
turning 18 and finally gaining her independence could also put her on a
lonely, difficult path.
She had two options. Go it alone or accept more help.
came with strings attached — more rules and regimens in a program that
would help her transition into adulthood. Still, she took it, and a year
later she realized her decision was the right one.
She was a
freshman at Middle Tennessee State University and her roommate invited a
young homeless man to spend the night. The next morning, Rhodes
learned the man also had been in foster care.
But when he turned 18, he did not sign up for any additional assistance.
the time foster children reach 18, many have tired of caseworkers and
counseling, of making plans and following government rules. Rhodes
remembers facing that fork in the road.
Read the full story at Tennessean.com.
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