Advocacy

It is essential for youth that are in the process of leaving state custody, or those that have “aged out” of foster care to be made aware of the wide range of services available to them; services offered by the state, local governmental, non-governmental agencies, religious leadership and the like. It is DFCTRC’s goal to bring together all of these services and present them to youth and help to be an advocate for continued partnerships with these agencies.

Additionally, it is DFCTRC’s goal to help transitioning foster care youth advocate for themselves. A vast number of foster youth transitioning to adulthood often are involved in crimes or are victimized themselves. There is a high percentage of youth that have not completed high school or received a GED. They often have children in a single parent household, have employment issues, live below the poverty level, have had at least one night of homelessness and often suffer with mental health issues.

The DFCTRC has joined forces with a number of public, private and non-profit agencies. The focus of this collaboration is to capitalize on the services and resources available and to become advocates to the policymakers and the public, for these deserving young adults.

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Delaware House Bill 113 (HB 113)

In the State of Delaware HB 113 was recently passed. This bill allows the Family Court, Office of Child Advocate and Court Appointed Special Advocate Program to continue to supervise the provision of services to young adults within the state foster care system between the ages of 18 and 21.