Social workers deliver gifts and holiday cheer to young adults leaving foster care

Anahi Reyes, 20, with her social worker Jaqueline Pintado in the background. Valley News/Courtesy photo
RIVERSIDE – Riverside County social workers delivered holiday bags loaded with goodies and gifts Monday, Dec. 21, 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,” Anahi said. She entered foster care at age 10, and has been in care for a decade. She smiled at the gift bag brimming with cookies, a knitted beanie, soft blanket, personal care products, gift cards and kits to decorate holiday items delivered by her social wo
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