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Neighbors in Action: Teens aging out of foster care face many challenges

Our Neighbors in Action series this week looks at social work professionals who help children who age out of the foster care system. St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing offers a long term residential care program for children aged five to 17.Many are abused or neglected.  Two years ago, Michigan extended the foster care age limit from 18 to 21.  But those who spend their youth never entering into an adoptive family face special challenges.

Tonight, St. Vincent Catholic Charities is hosting a community conversation on aging out of foster care at the Delta Township Library.  Tamra Johnson, St. Vincent’s community relations and marketing director, and Dr. John Seita, a professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Social Work and a former foster care child, talked with Current State about aging out of foster care in Michigan.

If you’d like to nominate someone or an organization to be featured on our Neighbors in Action segment, please send an email to Currentstate@wkar.org. Put “Neighbors in Action” in the subject line and tell us why you think they should be featured for the great work they do.

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