Q: A friend is in state custody (foster home) she’ll be 18 in March. They are wanting to move her again and she’s tired of
Moving and is thinking about running away. What can happen if she does run away
First, your friend should have an attorney appointed to them that they can talk to about this. Second, this is really going to depend on the county involved. She needs to be participating at court and taking advantage of all the programs and services available to older kids/young adults in state custody. These can be everything from driving lessons, cooking classes, manages finances, getting jobs, and, mostly importantly, housing. However, not every county is capable of providing these services and/or your friend has to show she's capable of making some informed decisions and dedicated to completing her high school degree or GED equivalent.
In short, be a supportive friend and let them vent to you. Encourage her to talk with the caseworker and attorney. More than likely, there is more going on than you're aware or she's willing to share if she has to move.
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