When I was getting ready to leave foster care, I did not get many tutorials on how to be an independent adult. This was before Florida began extending foster care to the age of 21. As an 18 year old finishing high school and getting a $1256 stipend each month, I wasted it all because I was never taught how to budget my finances. When I got to college, I realized that I have to learn to spend wisely. I didn't really get the grasp of it until I realized that I was staring at an eviction notice. I received little to no help from my agency and so my academics took a turn for the worse and I lost my stipend. I ended up getting a full time job to survive and school had to take a backseat. I feel that if the independent living coordinator took a more active role in the young adult's life after care, it would have prevented a lot of misfortune that comes not knowing how to be a productive adult.
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