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NCJW/Cleveland advocates on behalf of teens aging out of the foster care system, and provides direct and indirect service to help children age out of foster care and into the community successfully.IMG_4033NCJW/Cleveland takes issues that negatively impact women and children of northeast Ohio very seriously. Our “Understanding the Issues Series” promote awareness and understanding of each issue. Last week, about 50 members attended a program on “Aging Out of Foster Care”. The panel included Nicole Shefrin of Fostering Hope, Latasha Watts, The Purple Project, Judge Michael Ryan, County Juvenile Judge, Greg Jones, Supervisor Emancipation Unit, and Cantor Kathryn Sebo, speaking on the Moral Imperative. Next will be our Action Steps – ready for implementation.

FOCUS ON FOSTER CARE is a new committee at NCJW concentrating on the issues affecting youth in foster care, as well as those who are in the process of aging out.  If interested in learning more, contact chairs Marilyn Oif at maroif1@yahoo.com or Jeannie Citerman Kraeger at jeannieck@aol.com.