Living on their own: Young adults age out of Virginia’s foster care system

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Children and teenagers in the foster care system face a range of challenges at any given time. As they grow to be young adults, there’s a bigger struggle.

Those who age-out of the system are falling through the cracks, but DePaul Community Resources is trying to help as many young adults as possible by teaching them to live on their own.

Elias, who is now 21 years old, shares his not-so-fond memories of his homeland of Tanzania, Africa. In 2011, his mother brought him and his siblings to America for a better life, but along the journey to a better life, life took a turn.

Elias and his siblings ended up in foster care. Elias was placed at DePaul Community Resources. 

At 21 years old, Elias aged out of Virginia’s foster care system, so it was a rush to teach him life skills for him to survive and navigate living on his own. 

WFXR News’ Charmayne Brown shares how DePaul Community Resources prepares young adults for independent living.

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