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Local organizations work to help foster age outs

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Local organizations have said they're concerned about the growing number of people aging out of the foster care system and how many of them are left on their own.

Justine Jones was in a situation many in the foster care system face, aging out.

The E.C. Glass High School senior spent time at Lynchburg's Miller Home and is now in the Independent Living Program.

"I literally can't express how blessed and how thankful I am for Miller Home, because like, without them I wouldn't really be who I am," Jones said.

She's got a job and will soon attend Liberty University.

Foster Care directors are saying many people don't know about their services, which could be why Virginia has the highest percentage of age outs in the nation.

"If we can definitely help that hand become stacked with all the right cards and all the right people and get them to all the right places, Miller Home has done an incredible job, and I am just so lucky," the Miller Home's Executive Director Stacy Garrett said.

Those who work at Impact Living Services said they're also part of the solution.

"We're working with youth that didn't get adopted, and so they may not have very strong family connections, and so that's a big part of what we do, is get them to feel connected," said Adam Pavao, Impact's Executive Director of Foster Care Services.

For information on services from Impact, click here.

For information on services provided by the Miller Home, click here.

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