The FCAA also would like to see health care coverage — particularly for mental health services — extended to foster children until age 21, Ms. Stenslie says.
"All of my cute little anecdotes would have stopped people in their tracks," she says. "To have social grace, you have to not talk about it. One of the hallmarks of being a former foster child is you are without the privileges people get with having a family. Where do you go when the dorms close for vacation? With whom do you share the good news of a job promotion? On the one hand, foster care saved my life. On the other hand, I knew there had to be a better way."