More than 415,000 children are in the foster care system in the United States, and the PBS NewsHour talked to a diverse group of people understand what issues these children face and how to improve their outcomes. The deck is often stacked against children growing up in foster care -- at home, in school and after they exit the system. But the PBS NewsHour talked to people on the front lines of foster care and as well as those who are untangling national policy problems to change both outcomes and expectations for some of the nation's most vulnerable youth. From 1-2 p.m. EDT this Wednesday, join David Sanders of one of the nation's largest foster care organizations, Casey Family Programs (@CaseyPrograms), Marc Cherna from Allegheny County Department of Human Services (@ACDHS), James Turner, a former foster youth and current college student who wants to change the system that raised him (@JamTur1996), NewsHour coordinating producer April Brown (@AprilPBrown), NewsHour data producer Laura Santhanam (@LauraSanthanam) and @NewsHour to discuss the issues that face children, families and child welfare systems and what can be done to fix foster care.
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