05/01/2007 - Last month, I went to a birthday party in Washington, D.C. What is unusual were the birthdays being celebrated — those of the half a million children in foster care without a permanent, loving family. Twenty-eight thousand of those kids live in Texas, my home state.The site of the birthday party was also unusual — Capitol Hill, where child welfare advocates and foster youth urged federal financing reforms to move children into permanent families more quickly or help them avoid foster care altogether.
I work on foster care issues in Washington as a program manager for youth services at the Child Welfare League of America, but I was at the event representing myself. I am a former foster youth who spent 12 birthdays in foster care.
Read the full article at the Austin American Statesman Web site.