Helping foster kids aging out of the system
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
As part of an ongoing effort to help foster children who are transitioning into adulthood, several Delaware agencies have signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the agencies roles in that transition.
Cabinet members representing the Children's Department, Health and Social Services, Education, Labor, Corrections and the State Housing Authority signed the agreement at the annual Youth Advisory Council Conference held at Delaware State University.
Children's Department Secretary Vivian Rapposelli says, "Our youth need to know we care, we want them to thrive and we want them to feel confident they have the tools they need to be successful adults."
The federal government has ordered states to provide assistance in housing, medical care, employment and training for 18 to 21 year olds who are exiting the foster care system. The agreement between state agencies will be the basis for Delaware's plan to coordinate services for those young adults.