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While viewing things at a statewide scale is standard in data reports and analysis, it forces us to assume things about a place. This study by the ASPE does things differently; they categorize counties within states by their level of urbanization: primary urban, secondary urban, and non-urban. The categories are divided as follows; primary urban areas have the largest child welfare systems in the state, secondary urban areas are all other urban counties, and non-urban areas are all other counties. This study finds new trends, creating an interesting analysis of the American foster care system. Using a more comprehensive scale such as the one used by the ASPE lets us see the problems that American foster youth face. This proves that looking at things differently lets us understand them better.
In this month’s article, I hope to guide you through dissecting and analyzing the numbers I have provided—let's see their significance in the context of the real world. Glancing over the statistics, you may notice some telling trends. Pennsylvania, for example, has nearly half the foster youth as Texas, but its ratio of foster youth to population is even more prominent. Then, D.C.'s numbers are minuscule and even decreasing. Its numbers are dwarfed in comparison to California, which brings about the question: do these statistics imply a shortcoming in California's system, or are these numbers inherent with its larger population?
The twenty-four-year-old Simone Biles is one of the most decorated gymnasts of all time. Having medaled five times in the Olympics一four gold and one bronze, Biles has suggested that Tokyo may be the finale of her career. While leaving the Olympics with a surprising withdrawal, Biles’ brave words and decisions drew the sympathy and support of many fellow athletes. This article will follow Simone Biles’ rise to success: her experience as a foster youth, the Tokyo Olympics and the reason for her withdrawal, and her impact on professional gymnastics.
The LGBTQ+ identity is both overrepresented in and maltreated by the foster care system. While each individual has a unique experience, there are common statistics and narratives throughout the community. When individuals explore their sexuality and gender identity, they are very vulnerable, and trust in the people around them is essential. The foster care system cannot provide the security that these youth need. In this article, I hope to build upon your knowledge and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, provide insight into adoption by LGBTQ+ parents, and educate you on possible solutions and strategies for fixing foster care’s treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals.