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After aging out of foster care, college student finds success with help from mentors, faith

Jasmine Uqdah
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Jasmine Uqdah aged out of foster care at age 19 without housing, a job, or family support.

Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity team has spent a lot of time exploring foster care in Michigan and what happens once kids age out of the system.

Michigan is now one of the few states that gives young people the option to stay in foster care until they're 21.

But it wasn’t always that way. In most states, you age out when you're 18. That used to be the case in Michigan, too.

Jasmine Uqdah of Detroit aged out of Michigan's foster care system before the state raised its age limit. She was only 19 when she landed in the real world with no safety net.

Hear Stateside’s conversation with Jasmine Uqdah about what life is like seven years later. 

To hear Stateside's full State of Opportunity special, click here.

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