Hundreds of Utah youth spend their teen years in foster care, but not many foster families want teens. A 2011 audit found that of the 1,300 foster care families statewide, just 200 were willing to bring a child in that 14-18 age bracket into their homes. On Wednesday, we’ll talk about the reality for teens in foster care and life after aging out of the system.
- Dan Webster, Utah Foster Care Foundation
- Michelle Ostmark, foster parent
- Marianne Brough, Utah Youth Mentor Project
Upcoming events for National Foster Care month:
- Utah Foster Care Foundation’s “Hearts of Gold” breakfast – a free fundraising event for the public – will be held at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 10 at Zion’s Bank in downtown Salt Lake City. RSVP required to Julie DeLong at (801) 994-5205.
- Utah Youth Mentor Project‘s fundraiser “Art and Science of Mentoring” will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at The Leonardo on Library Square.
- Utah Foster Care Foundation‘s next “Ask a Foster Parent” event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at Day-Riverside Library in Rose Park.
Martial art, fire, acrobatics and contemporary dance are all part of what characterizes the Afro-Brazilian dance known as samba. On Wednesday, we’ll find out about the tradition and music of samba as well as an upcoming performance by Samba Fogo.
- Lorin Hansen, Samba Fogo
Samba Fogo presents “Pegando Fogo (Catching Fire) May 3, 4 and 5 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 S., Salt Lake City. For tickets, contact ArtTix at 801-355-ARTS and www.ArtTix.com.
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