Colorado’s first intergenerational supportive housing complex is a $10 million bet that a community that feels like family will help ease foster kids’ transition to adulthood.
One young woman who aged out of foster care was about to have her phone service cut off for not paying the bill. A teenage boy living in a homeless shelter while waiting for a foster placement reached out because he was lonely and hungry. And a mother who was fighting to get her children […]
Olivia Potter spent her high school years in foster care, then set off on her own at 18. She drifted from a short stint at her dad’s house in Montrose, where his one last chance to show her he was “a good human being” fell short, to a boyfriend’s college dorm room in Grand Junction. […]
The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis for vulnerable children in foster care. Before the pandemic struck, these children and their families suffered from stress, trauma and lack of access to supportive services. The isolation and social distancing have only made it worse, but we can use this as an opportunity to bring a renewed focus […]
The call usually comes around 7 each night, while Sarah Sparks is watching a movie with her two daughters on the couch. She keeps her phone close so she doesn’t miss it. On the other end of the line is a 7-year-old girl, a foster child who lives in a Denver residential treatment center, a […]
One person in a foster kid’s life isn’t paid to show up. Attorneys are paid. Teachers are paid. Even foster parents are paid. The person volunteering their time to make sure a child’s voice is heard is a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, and only about one-third of children who were abused or neglected […]