Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What do Maria Sharapova, Emmanuel Adebayor, and the Princess of Belgium Have in Common with IOFA's Leadership?

All are highlighted in UNICEF's 2011 State of the World's Children Report online Perspectives feature!

IOFA Co-Founder and President, Alison Boak and Executive Director, Shelby French co-wrote an article entitled Navigating the Road to Adulthood: The Experiences of Parentless Youth. IOFA was honored to be invited by UNICEF to contribute to this project and will be advocating and developing critical support systems for youth leaving or aging out of alternative care over the coming years.

Currently, IOFA ED, Shelby French is in Cambodia meeting with dozens of organizations and young people who are affected by this issue. IOFA is leading two half day summits with potential partners about IOFA's Transitions Initiative and the experiences of youth leaving care in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Additionally, IOFA's Program Development Intern, Susan Rosas will be organizing focus groups with young adults who have already left care to hear their experiences and to determine how we can help future groups of young people going through this treacherous process.

Please visit IOFA Talk for updates from Susan in our "In the Field" series to be posted in the coming weeks. IOFA strongly believes that the issue of youth leaving care is a critical one that needs more attention. We are dedicated to this issue and we welcome your support!

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