Foster Kids Need a Handbook

Clara Baez
July 1, 2000

Lakeside Family and Children’s Services

A good example of how confusing the system is for a foster kid is what happened to me the night I was taken away from my family. Before I even knew what was happening, my youngest sister and I were placed in a shelter and my other sister didn’t know what was going on or where we were. None of the important people in my life knew what was going on, including my mentor and some people in the after-school center I go to. Even I didn’t know what was going on.

The first thing I would do in my own system would be to create a handbook for foster kids to give to them as soon as they go into the system. The handbook would contain important phone numbers, things you can and cannot do, what to expect, and other important information. The second thing I would do would be to set up a schedule for every caseworker and lawyer to call the foster kid once a week. My new foster care system would focus on getting information to kids. This way foster kids wouldn’t feel so confused.

Baez, Clara. "Foster Kids Need a Handbook." Youth Today, July/August 2000, p. 11.

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