Foster Teens Need Forever Families, Too!
You Never Outgrow the Need for A Family...
When children cannot return home to their biological families, child welfare systems must respond quickly to find them alternative homes. As time goes on, the chances for landing in safe, loving, permanent homes fades for older foster youth. Many foster teens will simply “age out” of the system when they turn 18, without a permanent connection or the necessary independent living skills to make it on their own.
Nationwide an estimated 30,000 adolescents age out of the foster care system each year.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, 25% become homeless, 56% are unemployed, and 27% of male children end up in jail.
• In 2012 more than 23,000 young people - whom states failed to reunite with their families or place in permanent homes, aged out of foster care, simply because they were too old to remain.
• Of the 397,000 children in foster care, more than 20,000 had case goals of emancipation or aging out after leaving foster care without a permanent family.
• The percentage of youth that age out have increased from 8% in 2003 to 10% in 2012.
• Youth who age out of foster care are less likely to graduate college. By age 26, approximately 80% of young people who aged out of foster care earned at least a high school degree or GED compared to 94% of the general population.
• By age 26, 4% of youth who aged out of foster care had earned a 4 year college degree, while 36% of youth in the general population had done so.
We need your help to break the cycle of homelessness and incarceration of children aging out of the foster care system.