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October 20, 2011

California Runaway and Homeless Youth Month November 2011

October 12, 2011

Ending Wage Garnishment for Homeless Youth

July 20, 2011

Assembly Select Committee Holds Hearing on Homeless Youth

May 31, 2011

Assembly Bill Addresses the Issue of Wage Garnishment for Homeless Youth

May 23, 2011

New Web Series Featuring Homeless Youth

May 9, 2011

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Round-Up

May 4, 2011

Blog for the Homeless Youth Project

April 14, 2011

Three-Part Series on Youth Homelessness

April 4, 2011

Transgender Youth in Group Care Settings: New report tells service providers what they need to know

March 23, 2011

Regulating Emergency Youth Shelters

March 7, 2011

New Short Report on LGBTQ Homeless Youth from the HYP

February 22, 2011

Challenging Stereotypes of Homeless Youth in the Media

February 7, 2011

UPDATE: Summary of Programs Serving California’s Homeless Youth is Now Available

January 25, 2011

A Policy Agenda to Address California’s Homeless Youth

January 18, 2011

How do the demographics of California’s homeless youth population compare to the rest of the nation?

January 4, 2011

Internet Use in the Homeless Youth Community

December 27, 2010

Get Involved with Sacramento’s Homeless Count

December 13, 2010

New Data on Homeless Youth in Hollywood, California

December 6, 2010

Vulnerable Youth Given Greater Access to Mental Health Treatment

November 29, 2010

Slipping Through the Cracks – Invisible Homeless Youth in San Jose

November 22, 2010

New State Funding for Homeless Youth Housing

November 15, 2010

Sleeping on the Bus - and Other Stories from a Formerly Homeless Youth

November 9, 2010

Counting Homeless Youth

November 1, 2010

One Youth’s Reflection on Aging-Out of Foster Care

HYP Blog - Voices from the Street

One Youth’s Reflection on Aging-Out of Foster Care

The passage of AB12, the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, last month was an historic extension of foster care supports up to age 21. College student, media producer for YO! and emancipated foster youth, Jockuela Ballard is more fortunate than many of the 4,200 foster youth each year who emancipate in California without a permanent home. She has a close relationship with her Great Grandmother, as well as a loving foster family. Yet Jockuela experiences the natural insecurities that so many foster youth suffer: that having a place to stay is dependent on relationships that expire. Thanks to AB12, she can now postpone the worries she writes about, below, until she turns 21.

At age 16 I was placed with my foster parents. My Great Grandmother had suffered from a stroke and was told she couldn’t take care of me anymore. Moving in with them at such a late age scared me because I didn’t know what was going to happen when I hit 18.

Now I am in college, living in the dorms, and come home to my foster parents for most of my breaks. It scares me to live with them during breaks because I feel they could kick me out at any time. I’m 19 now, and I am not their child. They always remind me I have nothing to worry about, but I still do. There is always that possibility that they can give up on me. I know deep down they won’t but when you are left so many times in life you can’t think any other way. I know I am their foster child, but in their eyes I am their own.

Posted November 1, 2010