In the recent issue of the Switched-On Magazine, Ally discussed the life of those in the foster care system after being removed from it. As noted in…

In the recent issue of the Switched-On Magazine, Ally discussed the life of those in the foster care system after being removed from it. As noted in the article, youth under the foster care system are often left on their own after they hit 18. I agree with Ally that this poses a problem. As much as people at the age of 18 like to claim that they are “adults” now and try to tell their parents to stop controlling them, truth is, most of them are not able to live and support themselves independently at that age. Aside from the introduction of college and new responsibilities, the removal of a source of comfort, the foster family, will inevitably put more stress on the individual. Having to deal with such an incredible amount of stress at one time might be easier for some than others but either way, it could potentially lead to undesirable situations when they make the wrong decisions while under stress. Thus it may be the best for some programs to be established to provide further assistance for youth after they are emancipated from the foster care system and provide them with some support, however minimal it may be.

– Vivian