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Former foster kid now advocating for other Hoosier kids in the system

Posted at 9:12 PM, Aug 30, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- The number of children who rely on foster care in Indiana is nearly double what it was five years ago, and one man who spent nearly two decades in the system is hoping to make a difference for those children.

Joshua Christian lived in 18 different foster homes during the first 18 years of his life. After finally finding his “forever family,” Joshua is thriving as a junior at Marian University.

Christian is dedicated to being an advocate for others in foster care and he met with Governor Eric Holcomb this week to discuss the changes he’d like to see.

“Services should be extended until age 23,” said Christian. “I think it’s our biggest homeless prevention strategy. I think many people might be behind in their educational journey  because they went from one home to another.”

Christian says schools like Marian University could open their doors to foster kids during breaks. He says he’s discussing this and his other ideas with lawmakers.

Watch the video above to hear more of Joshua Christian’s story and how he’s advocating for a better foster care system in Indiana.

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