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Aging Out
My Story
David Griffin
Risa Bejarano
Daniella Anderson
Keely Lopez
Thomas Hudson

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jail hallway
County jail
After spending two months locked up in Juvenile Hall, David was discharged to another group home. Soon after his arrival, he ran away again and went back to the Galassos. This time they agreed to let him stay with them for a while. David had been living at their home for two months when he was stopped by a police officer in his neighborhood. The officer discovered David's outstanding warrant for going AWOL from his last group home. The officer arrested David and, because he was 18, transferred him to a county jail.

DAVID: I thought I was going to do about two years in jail, but I didn't even go to court. The deputy walks in and tells me that I've been released off of probation and I am no longer a ward of the court.

Because David was 18 and his only offense was going AWOL from his group home placements, a judge decided to close his case and remove him from the authority of the juvenile system. His case closed, David tried to enroll in the military. He was turned down because of his psychiatric record. David began disappearing for days at a time. Suspecting that he was using drugs, the Galassos reached their limit and asked him to leave. They persuaded him to go to an independent living program. He agreed, but later balked when he realized it was also a drug treatment program.

Home means just my body. I have no home, home is where I'm at, at the moment. This is my home.
DAVID: When I got to Lancaster, I was all pissed because it was a freakin' behavioral treatment center and I thought I was going to my own apartment. I'm like "You guys can drug test me all you want, I'm not going to no damn freakin' drug treatment though." It's still part of the system, that's why and I have rules that I have to abide by. I really don't have a plan but I want to travel as much as I possibly can. I want to go to Easter Island, visit the pyramids at Giza, go to Japan, become a full time ninja. I always got to be on the move. Always. Bob Galasso is angry with David because he thinks he is using drugs.
Bob Galasso was angry because David missed his ride to a rehab center.

Video of David describing his life on his own

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