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The Day I Age Out

Part One: Aging Out of Foster Care

A three-part series following two foster youths as they age out of Washington State’s extended foster care system.

September 27, 2016

Corey has been in foster care for 18 of the nearly 21 years of his life. Mykell has been in 10 foster homes since she was baby. Both are about to age out of the foster care system. Corey is collecting furniture in anticipation of securing an apartment. Mykell is attending school and working while navigating the challenges of finding an affordable apartment.

All the resources that I had, I won’t have those resources anymore. They just kind of shut down.... As soon as I turn 21, it’s all gone.




Bryan Tucker

Bryan Tucker is a freelance producer and documentary filmmaker based in Seattle. His first feature-length documentary film, Closure, secured national cable broadcast distribution, regional broadcast distribution on KCTS 9’s “Reel NW” series and is available on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon VOD. Bryan works with a variety of freelance clients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and seeks out projects that elevate marginalized voices and address social justice issues.

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I am a foster parent. This 3 part series fills with sadness and hope. The young people highlighted are strong and working towards bettering themselves. But I think about all those foster children who age out and end up on the street. I want to do so much to change the system, to take in as many children as I can to give them love and structure. But I don't know where to start.