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Episode 1: What Are Foster Youth’s Rights To Healthcare?

Featuring Alexis and Rebecca Gudeman

Did you know that there is a Foster Youth Bill of Rights? These rights ensure that foster youth have the opportunity to get the healthcare they need and deserve— including sexual & reproductive services.Tamar and Alexis of RHEP’s Youth Advisory Board sit down with Rebecca Gudeman, a lawyer and the Senior Director of Health at National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), to highlight many of these rights for youth in California and to talk about what often gets in the way of youth in care being able to fully benefit from them. Bottom line: you have the right to make decisions about your own body.

Content Advisory: The stories we are sharing sometimes touch on different kinds of trauma, please take care of yourself while you listen.

Tamar (she/her) is a RHEP Youth Advisory Board Member

Rebecca Gudeman (she/her) is the Senior Director of Health at the National Center for Youth Law



Alexis (she/her) is a Youth Advisory Board member and former foster youth

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Episode Resources

Foster Youth Bill of Rights for California lists the rights Rebecca spoke about as well as others.

Visit for information on accessing care, finding a clinic near you, birth control methods, and more. 

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