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Colorado Trying to Address Over Prescription of Psychotropic Meds for Foster Youth


Former foster youth Diego Conde, 18, right, high fives his fellow classmates at SeedPaths a day before their graduation in Denver, on March 21, 2014. (Photos By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

The Denver Post’s Jennifer Brown and Christopher N. Osher have completed a four part series focusing on the over prescription of powerful psychotropic medications for foster children. 

Family Pressure

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Did you ever receive pressure from biological family or relatives to NOT go to college? Did you experience jealousy for your success?

I often refer to this...

I often refer to this moment in my life around my 18th birthday where the family I thought would love and support me throughout my life rejected me… or so I thought. In actuality, what had happened was that we had two different ideas about what our relationship would look like going in to the future. I don’t know what I wanted from them in terms of a relationship- I had never thought about it.

Real Stories From Foster Youth!

I asked two foster youth to describe how their experiences in care influenced their relationships(to protect identities, the names have been changed). Check out what they had to say here:

This response is from Tom, age 19, from Washington;

Debunking the Myths of Date Rape

In a research report published by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Dr. David Curtis talks about acquaintance rape, or ‘date rape’, and some of the commonly held myths around it. The paper discusses what date rape is, perspectives on the topic, and statistics on rape, as well as how it effects victims. It also covers how to spot at-risk victims, perpetrators, and prevent it in the future. If you are interested in learning more, check out this link:

http://www.aaets.org/arts/art13.htm

I often refer to this...

I often refer to this moment in my life around my 18th birthday where the family I thought would love and support me throughout my life rejected me… or so I thought. In actuality, what had happened was that we had two different ideas about what our relationship would look like going in to the future. I don’t know what I wanted from them in terms of a relationship- I had never thought about it.

Real Stories From Foster Youth!

I asked two foster youth to describe how their experiences in care influenced their relationships(to protect identities, the names have been changed). Check out what they had to say here:

This response is from Tom, age 19, from Washington;

Debunking the Myths of Date Rape

In a research report published by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Dr. David Curtis talks about acquaintance rape, or ‘date rape’, and some of the commonly held myths around it. The paper discusses what date rape is, perspectives on the topic, and statistics on rape, as well as how it effects victims. It also covers how to spot at-risk victims, perpetrators, and prevent it in the future. If you are interested in learning more, check out this link:

http://www.aaets.org/arts/art13.htm

Family Pressure

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Did you ever receive pressure from biological family or relatives to NOT go to college? Did you experience jealousy for your success?

What was your favorite conference?

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You guys went to a bunch of conferences, and we want to know which one was your favorite...

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Does entering foster care automatically count as "a loss" for young people?

Some people believe that every young person who enters foster care has experienced some sort of loss. Yet the foster care system often does not help young people cope with their grief. This group is designed to explore what can be done to help young people grieve the losses as a result of their experiences leading up to - and while in - foster care.

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