How does it feel to “age out” of foster care

How does it feel to “age out” of foster care

Every year, approximately 20,000 young people turn 18 in child welfare systems without ever being reunited with their biological family. Ary, a young woman receiving help in Youth Villages Oklahoma’s LifeSet program experienced the ups and downs of that big birthday.

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Serena is taking control over her future

Serena is taking control over her future

Serena’s success from foster care to adulthood, with a little help from LifeSet. Serena first entered foster care when she was 16 years old. “When you are taken into foster care, you feel like you lose everything and lose control over your life,” Serena said.

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Scholars like Ali show how to ‘defy the odds’

Scholars like Ali show how to ‘defy the odds’

When Ali graduated from college this year, she decorated her cap with a special message. “I chose to put ‘defying the odds’ on my graduation cap because statistically, I shouldn’t have even gone to college, let alone graduate,” Ali said. “But I did both!”

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Turning Points LifeSet helps Jamyra Achieve Her Goals

Turning Points LifeSet helps Jamyra Achieve Her Goals

Jamyra was on her way to becoming just another negative statistic — a former foster child who failed to become an independent adult. But, just when the young woman needed help most, Turning Points for Children partnered with Youth Villages to bring LifeSet to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Julia beats the odds

Julia beats the odds

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults, or 18% of the population, age 18 and older. Julia is a 19 year old in our LifeSet program who has struggled with anxiety her entire life.

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Hope in the Middle of Despair

Hope in the Middle of Despair

An Open Letter to my Brothers and Sisters the World Over: My one birthday wish for today…a gift of healing for the world. My heart is broken… I don’t know how else to say it. Never in my lifetime have we, as one race (the human race), faced such challenges as we do...

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“I Am Janie”

“I Am Janie”

On April 2nd, Janie’s Fund launched the I Am Janie campaign in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. With the participation of influencers like Jane Lynch, Terry Crews, Rumer Willis, Derek Hough, and Mia and Chelsea Tyler, the campaign has brought...

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