KLRN collaborated with community organizations to raise awareness of the issues facing young adults as they “age out” of the foster care system. Activities included a town-hall screening and panel discussion around the documentary, a community summit for transitional living, and the creation of five youth profiles that aired on KLRN.
Click here to view the video profiles.
A video clip about the project is available here, courtesy of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative website.
About the Film
The documentary film AGING OUT follows young people as they exit foster care and become parents, battle drug addiction, face homelessness, and even end up in jail. Despite their struggles, the film also shows these teenagers using the resiliency they developed during their years “in the system” to take control of their lives. It forces us to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the public systems that serve these youth, as well as the roles that private citizens and organizations can play.
If you would like a copy of the Aging Out documentary and video discussion guide please call 210-270-9000 ext. 2247.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
The mission of The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by involving clients, families and communities.
Methodist Children’s Home
Methodist Children's Home is a non-profit child care ministry affiliated with the seven United Methodist Annual Conferences of Texas and New Mexico. Founded in 1890, the Home began as an orphanage and has developed into a comprehensive program of care. The Home serves 500 children daily through residential care, a Boys Ranch, foster care and a college program.
Casey Family Programs
Casey Family Programs’ mission is to provide and improveand ultimately to prevent the need forfoster care.
Baptist Child and Family Services
Programs managed or offered through Baptist Child and Family Services include residential services for emotionally disturbed children, assisted living services and vocational training and employment for special needs adults, mental health services for children and families, foster care, pre-natal and post-partum health services, and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.
Town Hall Screening and Panel Discussion
On April 7, 2005, KLRN hosted a screening and panel discussion that addressed some of the obstacles foster youth face as they struggle to complete high school and deal with "aging out" of the foster care system. A segment from the AGING OUT documentary was screened as well as profiles of San Antonio foster youth that were created.
Panelists included: Stephanie DeLeon, social worker for Judson ISD; Linda Kappus, education specialist for Casey Family Programs in San Antonio; Wendy Lorenzi, program director for Youth Advocates in Action; and Luis Rigal, foster parent. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Debbie Staub, manager of K-12 education for Casey Family Programs in Seattle, WA.
Community Summit on Transitional Living
KLRN and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Department of Social Work hosted a luncheon, panel discussion and resource fair on June 8, 2005 for foster youth who are emancipating or have already emancipated from the foster care system. Over 90 foster youth, parents, social workers, case workers and community organizations that help foster youth attended the event, which was held at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
The panel discussion was geared toward foster youth and what services they need to succeed after aging out of the foster care system. Panelists included: Norma Davila, president of Education Source; Rebecca Durand, director of support services for Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives; Linda Kappus, education specialist for Casey Family Programs in San Antonio; Randy McGibney, aftercare coordinator for the preparation for adult living services for the Baptist Child & Family Services; Margaret L. Quintanilla, off-site coordinator for the Eastside Community Education Center of the Alamo Community College District; Jennifer Talley, school to career facilitator for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative; and Cheronda M. Tillman with Youth Advocates in Action and a former foster youth.
Before and after the discussion a resource fair was held with 20 organizations in the San Antonio area setting up displays and distributing information to foster youth. A transitional living resource toolkit was put together for the event and handed out to the youth and organizations that work directly with youth. The toolkit included program information and helpful numbers for education, scholarships, job skills, health and housing/transportation.
San Antonio Foster Youth Profiles
To bring faces to the story, KLRN worked with five local foster care youth to capture their feeling and experiences in the “system.” Their remarks are candid and honest, and offer a captivating look into the world of our foster children. Special thanks to these young adults who shared their stories with KLRN.