Casey Connects: Summer 2001

Initiative Aims to Ease the Pain of Transition From Foster Care

Posted June 2, 2001
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This issue of Casey Connects spotlights transitions. It unveils three new Foundation initiatives breaking fresh ground by assisting: kids aging out of foster care; public agencies in crisis; and, non-profits facing leadership change. But, the big story is the racially impactful, Oscar-nominated film Legacy revealing a family’s transformation in ghetto Chicago after the murder of their shining star son/sibling.

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New initiative takes aim at former foster youth

Alfred G. Perez believes it’s a myth that foster kids can’t make it. But he also knows they can’t do it alone. Perez lived in 11 different foster homes in as many years before a mentor took him under his wing and he became a success story. Studies show without support many former foster youth face overwhelming obstacles completing school, getting a job and finding a safe, affordable place to live. These are the youth the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is set to help.