Having work experience as an adolescent is the foundation to a successful transition to a career.
Many of the families stepping up to provide foster homes may not provide the affirming environment needed because of their religious or cultural beliefs. Yet we also know of many examples of faith-based caregivers providing these affirmative and supportive homes. Our work has noted that LGBTQ youth often end up in congregate care, transgender youth especially. Their experience there is one of being managed rather than cared for, and often their normal adolescent behaviors are pathologized due to the perceptions of staff and community about the gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Fostering Success Michigan is a program of The New Foster Care that aims to increase access and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth with experience in foster care. Learn how you can contribute to building a holistic network that insulates (i.e., strengthens protective factors and reduces risks) the education to career "pipeline."Make a Donation