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#12 - Foster Care

#12 - Foster Care

Episode Overview

Today we’re exploring the foster care system. Now, this system does have noble intentions and the goal is to protect children from abuse, provide temporary homes, and keep kids with their families when possible (and that last point has become a point of contention between some advocates, and we'll talk about that here). But the stats are staggering; currently, there are over 400,000 children in foster care in the US, and kids ages 1 to 5 make up about 30% - which the largest share. In this episode we investigate some of the stories of these families and discuss how this system can be improved.

Our guests today are:

  • Dr. Jennifer Jacobs who has served in the Army, is a West Point graduate, and is a former White House Fellow. She studied physics and nuclear engineering, and then decided to use knowledge she gained there to launch a family connection software tool to help change the way foster children find a home.
  • Renee Williams who is the Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. She stepped into the role after serving as the Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association and she mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and advocates for children as a court-appointed special advocate.
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