Chapter Voices

“What is a problem foster/homeless youth facethat people are unaware of?””




“One problem is that people are unaware of how many foster youth are out there and how hard it is to find a good placement.”

Everett Chapter member, Dakota Harmon-Duckworth

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“The school to prison pipeline. This is something the ACLU has been trying to draw a lot of attention to, and it usually disproportionately affects minorities.”

Tacoma Chapter Leader, Carol Freeman




“There are a lot of people who don’t believe in us. They don’t believe we can do whatever we set our minds to. They think because of our family life and how we were raised we can’t really amount to much. Even some foster parents and social workers will put us down instead of building us up.”

Olympia chapter member, Cheyanna Romer




“When seeking medical attention there is limited knowledge on family history and this provides a barrier.”

Spokane Chapter member, Diana Enke




“Foster/homeless youth face neglect sometimes and that’s an issue which people are not aware of.”

YAEH chapter member, Anton Summers








“There is a feeling that you are somehow inferior because you don’t have a real family. That somehow you aren’t normal, that nobody wants you. Sure you have your case worker, but it’s not the same.”

Yakima chapter member, Dorian Brajkovich




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