Former Foster Youth, Representative Les Gara Speaks Out

A call to action to improve Alaska foster care.

Denalee Chapman January 09, 2015
article image

Representative Les Gara spoke to the people of Alaska in January, calling for greater care to be given to foster children and youth. “Children are not a luxury project,” Gara stated to the Juneau Empire.

Recalling statistics from 2007 – 2011, with 40% of youth who age out of foster care being homeless, Gara calls on communities, businesses, government, and individuals to ramp it up and to bring more to foster children. To date, the state of Alaska has received donated laptops to help foster youth succeed in their educational experiences, have gotten businesses to discount their clothing for foster youth, and have started mentor programs so those in foster care can have a stable adult in their lives. But it’s time for more.

Alaskan domestic abuse statistics are higher than the rest of the country. In fact, nearly “twice as many Alaska youth suffer abuse and neglect than youth nationwide,” says Gara. The need for social workers is high. Yet with the workload being so great, social workers only last an average of two years before moving on. Additionally, foster homes are sparse when compared with the need.

As 2015 begins, Representative Gara calls on the people of Alaska to step up and focus more efforts on children and youth in need. The full story may be read at the Juneau Empire’s online site.

author image

Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


Want to contact an adoption professional?

Love this? Want more?

Claim Your FREE Adoption Summit Ticket!


The #1 adoption website is hosting the largest, FREE virtual adoption summit. Come listen to 50+ adoption experts share their knowledge and insights.

Members of the adoption community are invited to watch the virtual summit for FREE on September 23-27, 2019, or for a small fee, you can purchase an All-Access Pass to get access to the summit videos for 12 months along with a variety of other benefits.

Get Your Free Ticket


Host: ws02.elevati.net