SUMMARY OF THE SHOW
On today's show, we talk with Stand Up for Kids Atlanta, a nonprofit serving homeless and at-risk youth. Later, Bruce Gale brings us an interview with one of our earlier Kid Heroes, Kylee McCumber.
Turning 18 means becoming a young adult and gaining independence for most of our youth. They have been prepared to face the challenges of life on their own. Many are off to college while others join the workforce. They know they can pick up a phone and call home and turn to family for help with basic life skills — laundry, opening a bank account, navigating financial aid for college, or preparing for a job interview.
But for some, this milestone isn’t an event to celebrate. For more than 23,000 young adults in America, turning 18 or 21 means aging out of the foster care system – this depends on the state in which they live. Children with a diagnosed disability of any kind, including a learning disability, are twice as likely to age out of the foster care system.