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Episode 5: “Mixed Diaspora” and finding a sense of belonging

Featuring Alexis

Fitting in, being yourself, belonging… no matter what you call it, it’s hard to not feel like an outsider when you’re in foster care. Add to that, Alexis’ experience being multiracial and coming from a background not often associated with the foster care system, and there’s a lot to navigate as a young person. Kat and Alexis talk about how they have found a sense of belonging throughout various parts of their lives. 

Content warning: This episode touches on topics that may be upsetting or triggering for some listeners, including abuse, neglect, racism and past trauma. This warning is to empower listeners with the knowledge you need to make healthy decisions about how and if you should consume this podcast content. Don’t hesitate to use the resources listed in the show notes if you need support.

Kat (she/her) is a former foster youth and RHEP Youth Advisory Board member.

 Alexis (she/her) is former foster youth, RHEP Youth Advisory Board member

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Episode Resources

Chafee Grant: “If you are or were in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.” 

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