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Building Bridges - Aging Out...

Building Bridges: Aging Out Of Foster Care

At age 18, you can register to vote, join the military, buy tobacco, and make your own decisions in the eyes of the law.

For children in foster care, that 18th birthday means they can leave the system if they want to. It's called "aging out," and it puts foster kids at a crossroads. They're more likely to drop out of high school and turn to drugs and alcohol at this point, than at any other time in their lives.

Beresford senior Dan Freer says his bridge-building assignment in physics class is tougher than he thought. He drew up the designs himself, rather than follow the model like other students did. In fact, that's how this 18-year-old foster kid approaches almost everything in his life.

"I try to build relationships differently than other people do, Freer said. I try to find ways to make them better or stronger."

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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