Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Foster Care
August 1, 2011 7:19:06 PM PDT
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

July 31, 2011
Foster Care
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

Today we're going to talk about a very special and often overlooked part of our community -- young people in foster care.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, in 2010, about 60,000 children under the age of 18 in California were in foster care. Foster care is temporary for most children, but many do not leave before they become adults when they "age out." These children were removed from their homes because County Child Welfare Departments, in conjunction with Juvenile Dependency Courts, determined that they could no longer live safely with their birth parents.

Our show today will look at some of the issues that these children face, and we'll talk to community leaders who are dedicated to shaping a healthier future for California's foster children.

Studio Guests

John Burton
Chair, California Democratic Party
Former State Senator
Founder, John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes

Rebecca Taylor
Former Foster Youth

Darrell Evora
President and CEO, EMQ Families First
(877) 488-5437

Sam Cobbs
Executive Director, First Place for Youth

Dale Carlsen
Owner, Sleep Train

Kim Castaneda
Executive Director, Foster A Dream

Additional Information

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