Teen Aging Out of Philadelphia’s Foster Care System Finds New Home at Lincoln University

Laniyah Little
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Laniyah Little.

Nineteen-year-old Laniyah Little, who has spent the last five years in Philadelphia’s foster care system, found her new home at a school in Chester County, writes Aziza Shuler for CBS Philadelphia

“This is where I want to be,” said Little, who first stepped foot on the Lincoln University campus in 2022. 

Before then, she had spent the majority of her young life in places she did not want to be. She and her eight siblings were placed into foster care when she was 14 years old. 

A turning point in her life was meeting a social worker through a program called LifeSet. The program matches individuals who are aging out of the foster care system with social workers who are trained to help them navigate the sometimes scary transition to independence. 

Little meets with her social worker once a week to map out her individualized treatment plan. 

Now, she hopes to use her story as an example for her siblings. 

“To be the first person to go to college in my family,” said Little. “I just want to leave my mark, leave my mark.” 

Read more about Laniyah Little at CBS Philadelphia


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