Aged Out Podcast

Aged Out PodcastThe W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic is proud to present its podcast “Aged Out: The Stories That Built Us.” If you are a former foster youth who wishes to share your story, or if you know a former foster youth who might be interested in recording an episode with us, please email V and we will get in touch with you!  

The mission of the podcast is to empower former foster children by having their voices heard, using their stories to educate the public, and creating a forum for their perspectives on how to improve the foster care system.

Each episode features the life journey of a person who aged out of the foster care system who shares a first-hand perspective on the day-to-day life of a foster child and on the aging out process. Each story is as unique as its teller and gives each teller an opportunity to suggest reforms that can help those who come after them as a call to action.

These stories provide foster parents, caseworkers, advocates, judges, and state representatives a human perspective that provides both concrete suggestions and strong motivation to improve the care of and outcomes for foster children and ultimately to change a system that has fallen short on preparing our foster children for life after foster care.

Elisha Elisha - Aged Out


April 1, 2020: Elisha is a youth specialist for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – as well as a proud mom, wife, and aged out alumni. Elisha was removed from her family at the age of 6.
Jimmy Jimmy - Aged Out


In Part One (and Part Two) of Jimmy’s story, he recounts entering the foster care system at age 7 and being placed in 6 different foster homes. During his stay in foster care, he was physically abused in one home, ran away from another, and while in a shelter, lost touch with everyone that he cared about. 
Tony Tony-Aged-Out


In part 1 (and part two) of Tony’s brave story he recounts entering the foster care system at a very young age due to neglect by his mother. Tony bounced around between 18 different foster homes before being adopted with his siblings at the age of 6.
Krystal Krystal-Aged-Out


Krystal was removed from her home at a young age due to physical abuse. She was transitioned in and out of different shelters, RTCs, and group homes throughout her youth.
Joan Joan-Aged-Out


After multiple challenges and trauma, Joan chose to be placed in a group home rather than foster care. She tells us about her pleasant experiences growing up there compared to her tumultuous past in foster care and her opinion on the Texas Legislature’s ban on group homes.
Hallie Hallie-Aged-Out


Hallie was only 3 years old when she entered the foster care system. Even that young age, she still vividly remembers moving from motel to motel with her biological parents and the domestic violence incident that ultimately led to her removal.
Rose Rose-Aged-Out


Growing up, Rose didn’t have a loving family. She was often deprived of food and severely beaten by her father. At the age of 14, her father forcibly committed her into a mental hospital. After running away from the hospital, Rose hit the streets and joined a street gang. 
Josie Josie-Aged-Out


After she was removed from her parents due to sexual abuse, Josie and her two siblings first entered the foster care system when she was only 8 years old. During her time in foster care, Josie had 14 to 16 different placements, including one adoption. 
Brandon Brandon-Aged-Out


Brandon grew up with an abusive father and a mother addicted to drugs. When he was only 5 years old, he entered the foster care system. At the tender age of 7, Brandon was placed in a psychiatric hospital and given prescription drugs.