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By Leaps & Bounds: Foster Care

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GR Center for Community Transformation

Crystal Houston, Executive Director with the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation, joins us to discuss preventative programs that aim to keep families together and keep children from entering the foster care system.

The U.S. is in the midst of a foster care crisis. Currently, there are more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system nationwide. Across the state there are roughly 13,000 children in foster care, and right here in Kent County, 532 children and youth are in foster care.

Organizations like Bethany Christian Services, a partner of the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation, provide preventative programs that aim to keep families together and keep children from entering the foster care system. But focusing on prevention includes looking forward at the next generation of parents. We must empower them by investing in an optimistic vision paired with resources to meet the various needs of youth.

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First Steps Kent

Here to discuss is Crystal Houston, Executive Director with the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation. For more information, visit: normalwasneverenough.org or grcct.com

Shelley Irwin is the host and producer for The WGVU Morning Show, a newsmagazine talk-show format on the local NPR affiliate Monday through Friday. The show, broadcast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. features a wide variety of local and national newsmakers, plus special features.
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