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Foster care sends back “walking wounded” kids, says Associate Dean Matt Fraidin in Youth Today

Tuesday, November 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Looney
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According to a new study from Child Trends, young people overwhelmingly choose to leave the foster care system before they age out. The report finds that, despite forty states offering services until 21 years old, many young people stop receiving care at 18 rather than waiting until their 21st birthday. When they leave the system, they are much more likely to experience homelessness or become pregnant and much less likely to attend college and secure stable employment.

Bill Myers explores some of the impact of this drop off in numbers in Youth Today, calling on the expertise of UDC Law Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs Matt Fraidin. Fraidin explains how the child welfare system “hurts kids and sends them out into the world as walking wounded.” Read Myers’s article for the rest of Fraidin’s assessment and more on the report.

Child abuse and neglect, child custody, and the child welfare system have long been important issues in Fraidin’s work. Prior to joining the faculty at UDC Law, Fraidin was Legal Director of The Children’s Law Center and testified several times before the U.S. Senate and the D.C. Council. He worked with the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law National Project to Improve Representation of Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System and is the Director of the District of Columbia Child Abuse and Neglect Moot Court Project.


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