Casey Connects: Summer 2001

Initiative Aims to Ease the Pain of Transition From Foster Care

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 2, 2001


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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Key Takeaway

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.

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