We just saw this article by Beth Greenfield, at Yahoo! Parenting, about something that keeps us up at night: What Happens When Foster Kids ‘Age Out’ of the System
The facts are sobering, and motivate us to do what we do every day. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
About 400,000 kids of all ages are in foster care each year. And statistics are heartbreaking for the approximately 20,000 kids who age out of the system each year with no permanent family connections: About 25 percent have no high school diploma; nearly 40 percent have been homeless; 33 percent have not had enough food at some point within the past year; 60 percent of young men are convicted of a crime; and about half struggle with substance abuse. Further, only half will be employed by age 24, while 71 percent of women will be pregnant by age 21 — and one individual in four will experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).