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Each year approximately 20,000 foster youth turn 18 and leave the foster care system with no support system; only 25% of these youth report feeling very prepared to be self-sufficient. The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy offers law and social work students unique classes, training programs, hands-on learning, mentoring and leadership opportunities, and out of classroom experiences, preparing these students to become the next generation of advocates for foster youth.

Each year approximately 20,000 foster youth turn 18 and leave the foster care system with no support system; only 25% of these youth report feeling very prepared to be self-sufficient. The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy offers law and social work students unique classes, training programs, hands-on learning, mentoring and leadership opportunities, and out of classroom experiences, preparing these students to become the next generation of advocates for foster youth.

"My journey started when I was born. My birth-parents were both developmentally and cognitively challenged. These challenges prevented them from properly caring for a child and I suffered some physical delays as an infant. Sometime after I turned two, a storekeeper at the local mall, who had come to notice us roaming around there daily, called Social Services several times and I was eventually placed in foster care." (read more on blog)  #adoption #fostercare

"My journey started when I was born. My birth-parents were both developmentally and cognitively challenged. These challenges prevented them from properly caring for a child and I suffered some physical delays as an infant. Sometime after I turned two, a storekeeper at the local mall, who had come to notice us roaming around there daily, called Social Services several times and I was eventually placed in foster care." (read more on blog) #adoption #fostercare

"My journey started when I was born. My birth-parents were both developmentally and cognitively challenged. These challenges prevented them from properly caring for a child and I suffered some physical delays as an infant. Sometime after I turned two, a storekeeper at the local mall, who had come to notice us roaming around there daily, called Social Services several times and I was eventually placed in foster care...."  #fostercare #adoption

"My journey started when I was born. My birth-parents were both developmentally and cognitively challenged. These challenges prevented them from properly caring for a child and I suffered some physical delays as an infant. Sometime after I turned two, a storekeeper at the local mall, who had come to notice us roaming around there daily, called Social Services several times and I was eventually placed in foster care...." #fostercare #adoption

**SAFE ** ***SUPER BEHAVIOR RATED BRINDLE SENIOR: FULL OF LIFE & LOVE!  DENUM - A1081178 - Manhattan -OWNER - "Too Big for House.  Publicly Adoptable TO BE DESTROYED 07/26/16 ****SOCIAL BUTTERFLY ALERT**** Very handsome brindle boy who is GREAT WITH CHILDREN AND CATS.   He is VERY AFFECIONATE and FRIENDLY, HOUSETRAINED and WELL TAKEN CARE OF!  HE IS IN URGENT NEED OF A FOREVER HOME. PLS FOSTER OR ADOPT TO SAVE HIM, AND HE WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER!  ACT QUICKLY!!

**SAFE ** ***SUPER BEHAVIOR RATED BRINDLE SENIOR: FULL OF LIFE & LOVE! DENUM - A1081178 - Manhattan -OWNER - "Too Big for House. Publicly Adoptable TO BE DESTROYED 07/26/16 ****SOCIAL BUTTERFLY ALERT**** Very handsome brindle boy who is GREAT WITH CHILDREN AND CATS. He is VERY AFFECIONATE and FRIENDLY, HOUSETRAINED and WELL TAKEN CARE OF! HE IS IN URGENT NEED OF A FOREVER HOME. PLS FOSTER OR ADOPT TO SAVE HIM, AND HE WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER! ACT QUICKLY!!

TAIPEI - A1078194 - - Staten Island  Please Share:   ***TO BE DESTROYED 06/24/16*** MOMMA CAT TOPEKA AND HER THREE 9 WEEK OLD KITTENS TOKYO, TAIPEI AND TANG WERE BROUGHT IN AS STRAYS – NOW THEY ALL FACE DEATH BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID!! It’s just like the ACC to brag about taking on a special program to help socialize cats so they can be adopted, and then turn around and kill an entire family of healthy kittens! Momma cat TOPEKA is only a 1 year old kitten herself

TAIPEI - A1078194 - - Staten Island Please Share: ***TO BE DESTROYED 06/24/16*** MOMMA CAT TOPEKA AND HER THREE 9 WEEK OLD KITTENS TOKYO, TAIPEI AND TANG WERE BROUGHT IN AS STRAYS – NOW THEY ALL FACE DEATH BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID!! It’s just like the ACC to brag about taking on a special program to help socialize cats so they can be adopted, and then turn around and kill an entire family of healthy kittens! Momma cat TOPEKA is only a 1 year old kitten herself

MOCHA Meet Mocha!  He is turning 12 weeks old next week and is searching for his forever home.  He has been in foster care for a couple weeks to get more socialized and is doing really well!  Mocha is up to date on shots, vet checked and dewormed and is up for adoption at Pet Valu on Mississauga Rd. and Williams Pkwy.  Mocha loves to play and is good with other cats.  Adoption fee is $150

MOCHA Meet Mocha! He is turning 12 weeks old next week and is searching for his forever home. He has been in foster care for a couple weeks to get more socialized and is doing really well! Mocha is up to date on shots, vet checked and dewormed and is up for adoption at Pet Valu on Mississauga Rd. and Williams Pkwy. Mocha loves to play and is good with other cats. Adoption fee is $150

This Shaka Smart (named after the Basketball Coach.) We fostered him because he was a semi-feral and needed lots of socialization so that he could become an "adoptable" cat.  Once he learned to trust us, he turned into the most affectionate and loving cat ever - and he ended up deciding that he wanted to stay at our house - so we adopted him! Now, he helps us foster other little kittens - he's so good with them - they jump all over him and won't leave him alone - and he's so patient and…

This Shaka Smart (named after the Basketball Coach.) We fostered him because he was a semi-feral and needed lots of socialization so that he could become an "adoptable" cat. Once he learned to trust us, he turned into the most affectionate and loving cat ever - and he ended up deciding that he wanted to stay at our house - so we adopted him! Now, he helps us foster other little kittens - he's so good with them - they jump all over him and won't leave him alone - and he's so patient and…

Dilute cat family will die without rescue at Concord, NC shelter. This beautiful dilute calico and her family are in danger of being killed at a North Carolina shelter after a false adoption offer was made This in turn led to animal advocates believing they were safe and no longer sharing the family on social media.  Not only is the mom a beautiful and rare dilute calico, her babies are also unique. One kitten is a dilute, and the other two white siblings both have one blue eye and one…

Dilute cat family will die without rescue at Concord, NC shelter. This beautiful dilute calico and her family are in danger of being killed at a North Carolina shelter after a false adoption offer was made This in turn led to animal advocates believing they were safe and no longer sharing the family on social media. Not only is the mom a beautiful and rare dilute calico, her babies are also unique. One kitten is a dilute, and the other two white siblings both have one blue eye and one…

"In 2005, 7-year-old Ricky Holland was murdered by his foster-turned-adoptive parents after a series of mistakes by social workers in Jackson and Ingham counties.  Earlier this month, a court-ordered study concluded that state caseworkers did not make face-to-face visits with abused or neglected children and failed to conduct background checks before placing children with relatives."

"In 2005, 7-year-old Ricky Holland was murdered by his foster-turned-adoptive parents after a series of mistakes by social workers in Jackson and Ingham counties. Earlier this month, a court-ordered study concluded that state caseworkers did not make face-to-face visits with abused or neglected children and failed to conduct background checks before placing children with relatives."

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