Join QueenAfi as she interviews Ashley Strange a native of Washington, DC where she attended public schools. Ashley was forced at a young age to grow up due to the lack of emotional support from school. There were times she felt alone, she felt that no one wanted to help.
Ashley was placed in special education classes with students who had mental and behavioral problems. She learned very little in these classes and stopped going little by little. After the death of her mother she gave up on school completly and became a product of the DC foster care system.
Now, she is an upcoming college senior at Trinity Washington University. How did she do it?
To learn more about her journey from ‘Brokenness to Boldness,’ tune in to talkshoe.com or call 724-444-7444 and enter show ID #83271
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.