Foster youth often experience isolation and loneliness during holidays, pandemic makes it worse RIVERSIDE, Ca.— Riverside County social workers on Monday delivered holiday bags loaded with goodies and gifts to Anahi Reyes and 160 young adults who are preparing to leave foster care for independent living. Outside her apartment, Anahi, 20, said youth in foster care can experience feelings of isolation during the holidays when celebrations center on family gatherings. This year, she said she thinks the pandemic has increased those feelings of isolation and loneliness even more. “These gifts make us feel special,” said Anahi. She entered foster care at age 10, and has been in care for a decade.
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