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The state extends age for foster children aid

Posted on: March 27th, 2012 by Joe No Comments

New state law gives foster youth time to bloom

By: Amy Crawford | 01/08/12 11:01 PM

Timajae Evans spent his teenage years in foster care, moving from one group home to another. When he aged out of the system at 19, he had to grow up fast.
“It kind of threw me off for the first month,” Evans said, recalling the sudden responsibility of having to pay his own bills and shop for his own groceries.
Evans, now 20, lives by himself in a Daly City apartment. He is taking general studies courses at City College of San Francisco and hopes to become an auto mechanic. But while he said he was thriving on his own, he was happy to hear about a new law that will let current foster children stay in the system until they turn 21.
“Usually, kids that are aging out, they don’t have anywhere to go,” he said. “They don’t have the support system that they need.”
The California Fostering Connections to Success Act took effect Jan. 1. Previously, most foster children aged out of the system at 18, although current high school students could apply for a special dispensation for more time, as Evans did. The new law will raise the age limit to 21 by 2014, as long as a young person holds down a job or attends school.
“It just opened the door a lot wider in allowing youth to have some stability after they turn 18,” said Maya Webb, foster youth services coordinator with the San Francisco Unified School District.
High school students who leave foster care right at 18 can run into trouble on the way to graduation, Webb said. And looming independence can be a distraction from schoolwork.
“I expect it to reduce the immediate stress of turning 18,” Webb said. “All of these milestones don’t have to be so rushed and so imminent.”
Tina Dollison, who runs the group home where Evans once lived, welcomes the new law, because many of the teens she works with aren’t ready to be on their own. But Dollison worried that the law might give some young people an excuse not to plan for the future.
“I feel like for some of them, it will allow them to just procrastinate and not get their act together,” she said.

Nefertiti Franks, 18, who lives in Dollison’s group home, acknowledged that some teens would probably put off the inevitable as long as they could. But she was hoping the new law would help her finish high school and get started at college.

Nefertiti Franks, 18, who lives in Dollison’s group home, acknowledged that some teens would probably put off the inevitable as long as they could. But she was hoping the new law would help her finish high school and get started at college.
“I’m not grown up all the way, but I’m getting there,” Franks said. “For the youth that want to shoot high, they’re going to need help if they’re going to get off on the right foot.”

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/01/giving-foster-youth-time-bloom#ixzz1qN9hdp9R

 

 

Art Opening @ Nielsen Art Gallery

Posted on: November 15th, 2010 by Joe 1 Comment

Here are the framed and Matted photos that will be at the show

Art Show @ Mojo Cafe on Divisadero

Posted on: July 19th, 2010 by Joe No Comments

For the next several months 10 bicycle themed photographs photos of mine will be showing at San Francisco’s Mojo Bicycle Cafe on Divisadero St. The photos document time spent in Seattle, NYC, San Francisco, and most recently, a bike trip in Utah. Please stop by, even if only for a bit.

Thanks

J.Schell

Occupational Portraits

Posted on: February 9th, 2010 by Joe No Comments
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Anna McCarthy

I recently shot a series of portraits of Anna McCarthy, a San Francisco based journalist. Focusing on words that define her occupation, I put the question to her and using the words she used to describe her occupation I created a collage on her skin.

Here are other pics from the shoot.


SF Weekly Arson Feature

Posted on: January 13th, 2010 by Joe No Comments

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Snuffed Out

by Anna McCarthy

Massive layoffs, internal conflict, and decreasing morale have all contributed to a less effective arson unit.

The Felton Street fire looked suspicious from the start. The two-story house in the Portola District that went up in flames in the early hours of Feb. 5, 2009, had no electricity. Plus, it was vacant. Vacant houses with no electricity typically don’t spontaneously combust. Continued