A new study shows that a therapeutic intervention called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) appears to improve the mental and physical health of adolescents in foster care. CBCT is a tool that provides strategies for people to develop more compassionate attitudes toward themselves and others.
It is well documented that children in foster care have a high prevalence of trauma in their lives. For many, circumstances that bring them into the foster care system are formidable -- sexual abuse, parental neglect, family violence, homelessness, and exposure to drugs. In addition, they are separated from biological family and some are regularly moved around from one place to another.
Dianuris Ortiz, a college student who spent four years in foster care, was inspired by her mother, who “had respect for herself.” (RT @Forestdaleinc: An inspiring story about a woman who is accomplishing her dreams after foster care
Currently about 2,600 youngsters between the ages of 18 and 23 receive a monthly check from the state of about $1,100 through the Road-to-Independence Program. It's intended to help them transition out of foster care and help with educational expenses.
Now Republican Rep. Matt Hudson is pushing legislation to lower the maximum age for eligibility from 23 to 21. The change would eliminate the monthly check for 657 people and save the state nearly $12 million.
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