Year after year there’s that one day that we all reflect on in celebration of our individuality, that one song that echoes in our brain ‘happy birthday to you’ except this birthday… This birthday is different-you’ve become an adult aging 18. In the eyes of the foster care system, […]
Compared to other facilities, the one I lived in had very substantial after care. Of course there was care after I left the facility, but I think the preparation to become independent was also quite fulfilling.
Among the things I want to talk about today is the […]
Speech for the July 12th, 2015
Hello. My name is Yukika. I am 28 years old. I am one of IFCA’s two youth program coordinators in Tokyo. I also work as a volunteer for an NPO called Bridge for Smile and am supporting their scholarship program.
I was living with my […]
“Aging out” is a popular term in the foster care world. For US foster youth, it’s something everyone goes through when they either turn 18 or graduate from high school. The term refers to when a foster youth becomes old enough to no longer be in the […]
When I heard the word “aging-out”, I immediately thought of “freedom”.
There were no paved roads for young people who are aging out. They would have to create their own roads to be independent adults.
It is true that your own decisions and actions determine the course of your transition […]
1) For me, “aging out” meant a new beginning and was a period in which I had to face challenges associated with being a foster care alumni.
I had a choice of leaving the institutionalized care when I entered college. However, it would have been too difficult for […]