Middle child: Age 18 Presents Challenges for Young People in Foster Care

At 18 years old, foster child Don Winston didn’t need the added stress of not knowing where he would sleep at night, but it’s the reality he and many other Alabama teens have had to face.

“I had it better than some. I always found a place to stay,” said Winston, now 29.

During the earlier years, Winston faced a dilemma that still confronts many foster kids in Alabama — and other Alabama residents who live in the year-long space between official childhood and legal adulthood.

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