To the Editor:

The number of children in foster care is on the rise. Many teens in foster care are cycling out of foster care and ending up on the streets with no home, food or job to support them. I believe we need to teach teens job skills they need to succeed.

Many foster care teens don’t get along with their foster parents. The teens that do get along with their foster parents learn skills that can help them succeed. Teens who don’t get along with their foster parents don’t acquire any job skills; they get involved in drugs and alcohol and get into loads of trouble with society and might go to prison or be removed from the foster house they live in.

I believe if we take the extra time to help teens learn valuable skills and a good relationship with their foster parents, they will be set down a right path in life.

Shannon Devlin

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