Westchester Wins Award to Help Those Leaving Foster Care; NY Ends Shackling of Pregnant Women; Feast of the 7 Fishes

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Good morning Westchester! Here’s what’s happening today, Dec. 23 in the 914:

1.) Young adults in Westchester will now have a safety net when they leave the County’s foster care system. Westchester was awarded a $2 million federal grant that will help prevent homelessness, while promoting independence in the 75 young adults who leave the foster care system each year.

The grant will help the County implement strategies to help?these young adults with housing, employment and education. Get details on the grant here.

2.) New York will end the practice of shackling pregnant women who are incarcerated throughout their pregnancy and eight-weeks post?delivery. Shackling has been associated with an increased risk for blood clots and falling. The law also gives inmates the choice of whether or not they want a correctional officer in the room during delivery.?

Click here to read more in Huffington Post, and watch the video below on women who’ve been shackled while incarcerated, including women who’ve been incarcerated in Westchester County jails:

 

3.) Today is Christmas Eve and if you’re Italian your probably getting ready for a barrage of seafood dishes for the annual custom of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Never heard of it? Read Westchester Magazine’s?7 Things You Need To Know About The Feast Of Seven Fishes?and check out their recipes below: