Aging out of the foster care system

Charell Star and Jeanette Rivera speak about the challenges young people have been facing during the pandemic.
5:14 | 08/24/20

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Of course we're in uncertain times. During these times, many folks are doing what -- leaning on family to find support. But those who have aged out of the foster care system and have no where to turn, that's simply not an option. Here's one woman's story. My name is Jeanette Rivera. I'm 22 years old. I'm from Harlem, New York. When I was 3 months on old, my mom died from AIDS and my dad died from a drug overdose. So I was in a lot of foster homes and group homes and bounced from place to place. Times where you have disagreements, misunderstandings with some of the foster parents, and you have to sleep on the train, or in the park, try to find any place for shelter. I found out that I was pregnant when I was 17 years old. I remember telling my foster mother and she kicked me out. I was homeless and pregnant. I didn't know where to go. I want people to understand the struggles that youth face being in system. Our children deserve a better system, they deserve better support systems, they deserve better guidance so they can be better people in this world. So that they can have a better shot at having an amazing future. We're joined by Jeanette Rivera. Jeannette, I want to start with think. This pandemic seems to make every problem we have a little worse, and one thing you talked about is that there's a lack of support for children aging out of the foster care system, how is the pandemic actually making that worse? The pandemic is actually making it harder for us because we don't have a lot of outlets anymore, we don't have a lot of resources or a lot of places to turn to like we did before. It's so scary. There's no safe place to go. Like, we're all terrified. Especially as a parent. I'm scared for my kids, my own safety. It's a lot. It's very nerve-wracking at this time. And tell me about the work casa is doing in supporting these young people and how your own personal experience is now informing the work you're doing. You can think of them as volunteer role models. Volunteer, you know, positive adult mentors who help you from when they're babies to age out of care, again, being a positive adult reinforcement for them. Casa is an incredible organization. Me myself, I spent a number of years, a number of my childhood years in foster care, bouncing around from home to home. And you know, I was lucky I was reunion mid with my mom. I ended up going to college. I had great care after foster care, so I was lucky. Youth and care shouldn't depend on luck to live positive lives. Tell me about the push, and I know that this is something that you talked about, maybe not talked about, a moratorium right now during the pandemic, there's moratoriums on rent and eviction. Shouldn't there be one about aging out of foster care? You absolutely should not be able to age out of foster care during this pandemic. Average year 50% of fosters end up homeless. There are mmoratoriums. Eight different states and D.C. Have passed moratoriums for aging out. A majority of the country has not. That means most of the country, most of the states that are watching right now, they're still aging out and aging out into homelessness and ending up on the streets. There's legislation right now on supporting foster youth and families through the pandemic act, but it's stalled right now because everything is stalled in congress and the house. And Jeanette, the idea sometimes unfortunately that foster kids -- there's an idea unfortunately people have sometimes that there's -- it's their fault. Some kind of a problem child of some kind. Can you please address that and something maybe you would want people to know about foster kids? Yes, definitely. I just want everyone to know that no child asks to be abused. No child asks to be put in dangerous predicaments. We didn't ask to be in system, we didn't ask for these things. We need to be treated as regular children when they're home with their families. We're no different. We're human beings just like everyone else. Jeanette, thank you so much for that. Thank you. Really appreciate both of you being here. Certainly the work that you're doing and the advocacy you're doing right now. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Still ahead here on "What you need to know" -- Russell Crowe, his latest movie, got a

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