This issue opens with an essay by Yasuharu who represented his country to attend the Inaugural International Conference on the Legal Issues of Street Youth in London. He was one of the few participants who spoke about the problems of street youth from the perspective of youth in foster care.
In this issue, you will also find two essays (Susumu and Daniel) that address the resource issue of higher education in both the US and Japan.
In our Youth Publications, foster care alumni talk about how they grow up in care. This issue features Jacob’s reflection on his experiences in foster care written in a vivid and detailed account.
IFCA’s Youth Programs include youth advocacy in which foster youth members use their own voices to raise awareness of issues surrounding foster care in the US and Japan and to propose solutions to the problems and difficulties that youth face in both countries. In this publication, the Japanese Alumni Team members’ proposal to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is introduced in its entirety.
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[IFCA Editorial Team]