Monday, July 11, 2016
Ohio needs a statewide hotline for foster youth and alumni
|If California can do it, why can't we?|
Still keep thinking about how great it would if there was one statewide number that youth could call...
Foster Care Youth and Alumni Hotline
The #StaySafe element would be to invite youth who are thinking about running away and/or experiencing abuse in their bio homes, foster placements or group homes/juvie/residential facilities.
The #GetConnected element would be to support youth who have "aged out" of foster care and are currently facing challenging circumstances.
Most county hotlines are not youth friendly, if you are a young person calling in to get help.
1.) There can be long wait times
2.) The current people taking youth calls tend to vary between:
- those who truly care
- those who are paid to care
- those who don’t care
3.) The staff member answering the call might be:
- a staff member on call who can’t be bothered
- a staff member who has a script and reads it with all the compassion of a telemarketer
- a staff person who does not work with youth and is not youth friendly
4.) The county/private agency often has a vested interest in covering themselves
We’ve had youth who run away from abusive foster placements – they call their local hotline for help – and are placed back in that same abusive home – then run away again