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By shannonsymonds — Sep 11, 2018

I attribute my life and success to an important provision granting Medicaid to former foster youth (FFY) until they reach age 26. Maslow proposed that if basic physiological needs like air, water, sleep, and shelter aren’t met, it can be hard to... Read more

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By shannonsymonds — Aug 30, 2018

Just ask Google. Youth share everything everywhere. I chat, post, blog, and message. When we want to know something, we google, Facebook, and search. Every bill I have, my work, my education, and everything I care about is in my back pocket on my... Read more

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By sillychild18 — Aug 8, 2018

I do not let money stand in my way and neither should you. Health care and educational funding should be available for everyone, including foster youth, until age 26. As foster youth, we are like all youth: anxious to be out and on our own. However... Read more

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By YeshiV — Jul 25, 2018

I was ready to be taught about health care my whole life, but it felt like the system was saying, “ain’t nobody got time for that!” Soon after entering foster care at age 16, I ended up in the hospital for a week and had too many... Read more

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By shannonsymonds — Jul 19, 2018

Without Medicaid, a visit to a University Physician may cost me hundreds of dollars because of a legislative glitch. When Congress voted to allow all youth to remain on their parent’s health insurance until age 26, they also granted Medicaid to... Read more

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By gordonk0207 — Jul 18, 2018

Thirty-three days is all it took to revoke the opportunities I was promised for so many years. I was in foster care from the age of 11 until 33 days before my 18th birthday when my caseworker reunified me with my family. I had always worried I would... Read more

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By shannonsymonds — Jun 19, 2018

The #HealthCareFFY Campaign, a collaborative project spearheaded by FosterClub, First Focus- State Policy and Reform Center (SPARC), and Juvenile Law Center are excited to announce the release of the first Issue Paper: Youth Who Relocate From... Read more

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By shannonsymonds — May 24, 2018

FosterClub is excited to announce the official launch of the #HealthCareFFY Campaign in partnership with First Focus and the State Policy and Advocacy Reform Center and the Juvenile Law Center. Read the #HealthCareFFY Campaign Overview Paper to... Read more

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By shannonsymonds — Apr 25, 2018

Foster care inherently involves confusion, being overwhelmed, and difficulties learning life skills if a youth transitions a lot during their time in care. I definitely am one of those youth. One life skill that I wish I was taught is keeping my... Read more

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By shannonsymonds — Apr 18, 2018

Are you interested in improving your state's implementation of the provision to cover former foster youth to the age of 26? Join a webinar which marks the launch of the Health Care for Former Foster Youth Campaign, a collaborative campaign designed... Read more

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