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Former foster kids started a new Colorado nonprofit to help young people. TikTok is taking it nationwide.

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 […]

Posted inColoradans, Housing, Politics and Government

Foster youth who leave the system as teens could return until age 21 under new Colorado proposal

Viviana Cervantes was released from foster care directly from a residential treatment center. Within a few months, she found herself in her college dorm room “with a bagful of psychiatric medication” she didn’t know how to manage. She had a $500-per-month stipend to help start life on her own, but little financial sense to use […]

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Former Colorado foster youth make themselves heard for “sibling bill of rights,” driver’s license bill

The longer Davion Bugarin talked, his tears turning into gasping sobs, the more lawmakers began to cry. Someone found a box of tissues so the legislators on the House human services committee could wipe their eyes while Bugarin explained how he lost his sisters in foster care. “Separating siblings shouldn’t happen,” the 23-year-old said. “They […]