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In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Franco Vega, Executive Director and Founder of The Right Way Foundation in Los Angeles, California. Franco and Lynn discuss The Right Way Foundation employment program for foster youth, different strategies to help youth age out of foster care successfully, and the challenges that they are trying to manage during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Resources mentioned during podcast:
The Right Way Foundation
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Article about Congressional Support of Foster Youth during COVID-19 Crisis
The National Foster Youth Institute
PBS Video on The Right Way Foundation


In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Brittani Kindle, Program Director at Safe Families PLUS in Chicago, Illinois. Brittani and Lynn discuss the Safe Families PLUS mentoring program, different strategies to help youth age out of foster care successfully, and opportunities for the foster system to improve how they prepare youth for independence.

Resources mentioned during podcast:
Safe Families for ChildrenĀ 
Safe Families PLUS
The Open Table

The CalYOUTH Study
Federal TRIO Programs
AOI Database
Safe Families Plus Strategy Paper


Aging Out Institute is launching a new podcast series focused on identifying the strategies and resources that effectively prepare older foster youth for aging out of foster care. This first episode is a little indulgent as it is an interview with Deborah Santiago, my sister and fellow traveler through foster care when we were young. ~Lynn Tonini, Founder of AOI

Resources mentioned during podcast:
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative:
Supporting Young People Transitioning from Foster Care: Findings from a National Survey

Chapin Hall, University of Chicago:
The Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth (Midwest Study)