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Statewide Survey Aims To Improve Foster Care System

Legislation passed earlier this year is calling for an examination of the state’s foster care system by gathering feedback from youth aging out of that system. Virginia’s Department of Social Services is in the process of crafting a survey to send to the approximately 500 children who cycle through the state’s foster care system every year.

24-year-old Tiffany Haynes spent several years in Richmond’s foster care system, and shared some of that experience with the state’s Commission on Youth Wednesday. “I personally have had a difficult time finding a doctor who will see me as an adult in the Medicaid system that is provided to youth who age out of foster care.”

Voices for Virginia’s Children says healthcare is just one big problem: obtaining a driver’s license is another.

A pilot survey incorporating feedback from other like Haynes is expected by spring 2018.