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Youth get help going out on their own

Too 'old' for foster care

Shakala Johnson is just 19. But she's too old. That's because Johnson spent her young years in foster care, which, with some exceptions, ends when youth turn 18.

"Last year 20,000 youth aged out of foster care in the United States," says Karla Wing of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. "Many become homeless. Who at 18 is totally
independent?"

LSSM offers a program for teenagers growing out of foster care, partnering them with caseworkers and community members who help them transition into adulthood and independence.


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