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ID Foster Care Alumni Want to “Foster” Changes in the System

May 5, 2008

Boise, ID – "Been there, done that." People who have lived through being in foster care have had experiences that could make life better for the next generation of Idaho kids in foster homes. Foster care alumni have been gathering around the state (and this week in Boise) to talk about how to make things better for their younger "brothers and sisters" in the child welfare system.

Angie Cross with the Foster Care Alumni Association of America says no voice can speak out louder than those who have been there.

"Those that were once in foster care, they can inform the public, increase awareness and make changes within the child welfare system."

Cross points out that being able to to get a driver’s license, dating, and having continued contact with extended family are examples of issues alumni would like to see improved in the foster care system. She adds they're also celebrating the successful adult lives of foster system graduates in Idaho, setting an example for foster care children in the system now.

"We're not just impacting our younger brothers and sisters locally, and connecting with alumni here, but also at a national level."


The Boise meeting is Friday, May 9, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the AmeriTel Inn, 7965 West Emerald.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID