State, Federal Policies Aim to Ease Transition Out of Foster Care | OAS Episode 108

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Summary: Today’s podcast is focused on foster care and specifically on the challenges faced by young people as they transition out of the foster care system. Our guests are Levi Smith Jr., a 23-year-old senior at Georgia State University studying social work.  Levi spent 10 years in foster care and discusses the challenges faced by older youth as they transition out of that system. Our second guest is Georgia Rep. Katie Dempsey (R), who has been involved with various pieces of legislation affecting youth in foster care during her 13 years in the legislature. In the second segment of the show, I talk with Lynn Johnson, who is the assistant secretary overseeing the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Johnson  discusses the federal government’s role in aiding states as they work with young people transitioning out of foster care.         Resources Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services MAAC NCSL Human Services Homepage OAS Episode 108 Transcription Rep. Katie Dempsey, Georgia House of Representatives