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Austin councilmember, nonprofits raising foster care awareness [Video]

In Austin alone, there about 1,000 children in foster care. Nearly 100 local young adults age out of the system each year.

On Thursday, Austin Councilmember Ryan Alter read a proclamation to raise awareness about foster care and reinforce the city’s support of children in the system.

According to a press release, there are more than 370,000 children in foster care nationwide and more than 30,000 enter the Texas foster care system each year. In Austin alone, there about 1,000 children in foster care and nearly 100 young adults age out of the system each year.

That’s something Cortney Jones’ organization, Change 1, is always focused on. Jones herself was raised by Child Protective Services for 10 years and aged out of foster care into homelessness. As a result of her own experiences, she founded Change 1 to bring attention to the challenges faced by kids aging out of the …

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