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Mr. Successful: “This American Life” Does Foster Care

By Alexander Russo — September 06, 2007 1 min read
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“Anyone who’s ever been to a wedding knows not everybody can stand up in front of a roomful of people and just talk. Anthony Pico (left) discovered by accident, at 15, that he has a gift for doing that. He’s 18 now, and he’s become so well known as a public speaker on the subject of foster care, which he knows well, he was appointed to a blue ribbon commission aiming to reform the largest foster care system in the country. But it’s gotten complicated...,” begins this segment from a recent episode of This American Life (
Mr. Successful
). “In the meantime, there’s a new bill in Congress that would make 21 the new 18 for kids in foster care, give them a few extra years of housing and support if they need it.”

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