Chester Jackson interviews Pat O’Brien about his most recent road trip talking to a variety of folks around the United States and Canada about the urgency of getting young adults and teens adopted before they age out of care. This is a great program if one wants to become re-acquainted with the mission of You Gotta Believe. Pat talks about the importance of the APPLA Federal legislation needing to be changed to require that all child welfare professionals continue to recruit lifetime parents up until that youth’s last day in foster care. Pat noted that the current permanency planning goal Some Other Planned Permanent Living Arrangement Which May Include A Residential Education Program (SOPPLA WMI-AREP) is not a goal that is going to prevent youth from being homeless when they age out of foster care.
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- Yaridania Betancourt – Making life better for youth in care.
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- Entered Foster care at 17 and aged out at 21 with Desiree Moore.
- Fostering Hope with Nathan Ross
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