How It Feels To Emancipate

Girl holding a sign that reads

Knowing that in a couple of days you will no longer have the same support from the Child Welfare Agency is scary. Children or young adults who have been in the foster care system and emancipated out at 18 or 21 experience financial problems and or homelessness. This fact can bring feelings of frustration, fear, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Many foster youth don;t have the support of their families; so once they emancipate, all of the responsibilities are on them. This is not to say that youth who’ve emancipated shouldn’t get responsibilities, but let’s be honest.

How many 18 and 21 year olds can fully support themselves? After care services are provided, sometimes, but is that really enough? Sure, a $1,000 gift card to target can help furnish your home; that is, if you can afford a home at 18 and 21. Sure, Rapid Housing is available for one year to help you pay rent, but what happens when that year is over? And sure you can get a job, but what happens if you’re in college full-time and grades start to slip because you’re working to try to survive “adulthood?” Welfare is available,– well, kind of– but with how screwed up the “Land of Freedom and Opportunity” is, can we really say this is enough? Can we truly tell someone on the verge of emancipation, while considering the cost of living, that this is enough? Think about it.


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  3. Great post Ashley! You are very right. So many young people 18 or 21 are not ready to totally be on their own. I know I wasn’t ready to be out in the world without a true safety net. This is a scary time for you but I know that you will make it through this temporary time of stress. We move thorough so many seasons in our lives and know that this will pass like all seasons.

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