Ahmen Cabral, a policy associate with USM’s Muskie School of Public Service joined a Maine Public radio discussion of teenagers in the foster care system.
Statistically, teenagers in foster care have high rates of homelessness and incarceration in the corrections system.
“Our young people need the same developmental milestones and the same opportunities as all young people, and the need a safer support network to navigate that,” Cabral said.
They also need adults who can helping them make choices about their plans after high school, examining higher education and deciding on a career, she said.
The discussion was part of the radio call-in show, “Maine Calling,” hosted by Jennifer Rooks.