Out of Foster Care & Into the Rest of Your Life
Statistics indicate that the vast majority of young adults aging out of the foster care system will transition from foster care straight into trouble. Our two remarkable guests this week – who have each experienced the foster care system firsthand and beaten the odds – are unwilling to accept this and are fighting to support our society’s most vulnerable young people.
Justin Black, a former child of the foster care system, shares what it’s like to age out of the system, why so many youths in that situation fall victim to crime, homelessness, or even premature death – and how he’s managed to exceed all the expectations. He credits his mentor and our returning guest, Marsaille Arbuckle, for helping him transition out of the system and for giving him the life skills – and hope – that would make all the difference as he faced life’s challenges on his own.
“This is one of the first times that I’ve seen a Black man [Marsaille Arbuckle] who is successful, doing great things – and is from the foster care system and overcoming the barriers and things that he faced – and it gave me inspiration that I would be able to do the same.” Justin Black has every reason to admire and emulate his mentor, Marsaille Arbuckle.
This episode dares you to be inspired by two men who have risen above the hardship life threw at them.
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