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A spokesman for the Health and Human Services Commission says it is reviewing the allegations and will meet with representatives of the Texas Foster Youth Justice Project "to ensure their concerns are heard.
Most of the youth will come from an independent living program designed for current and former foster youth.
Gilet was one of more than 40 members of Florida Youth SHINE who traveled to Tallahassee during the 2013 legislative session to make their voices heard on two important pieces of legislation for foster youth.
During Shadow Day 2012, members of Congress hosted current foster youth, and those that have been emancipated, for a day of learning on how the House of Representatives works, emerging legislative issues related to foster care, and an opportunity to share their personal experiences with caucus members.
According to a focus group study of 120 foster youth conducted by the Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN) and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, having a child is a way for some foster youth to create the family they did not have or fill an emotional void.
At the state's community colleges, Murillo says it's estimated that roughly 4,000 to 5,000 foster youth may have been registered last year.
One school liaison described a foster youth who was very angry about the circumstances of his life and the way he felt he had been treated: "A lot of adults are making decisions about my life but no one is talking to me.
To bolster city efforts, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families has published a Municipal Action Guide on "Supporting Foster Youth Transitions to Adulthood.
Twenty four units go to emancipated foster youth, with the rest set aside for low-income families.
How are foster youth supposed to stay on top of this when in the back of their head, they know they'll be discharged at age 18?
She made a life for herself, earned a bachelor's degree in social work from California State University, Fresno in 2001, and is now a foster youth advocate.
Two nonprofits in Nashville partnered almost five years ago to develop a model to address the housing needs of foster youth aging out of the system.

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