There are over 400,000 foster youth in the United States. Once removed from their parents’ care because of abuse or neglect, our society assumes legal responsibility to ensure that all foster youth have the supports needed to successfully transition to adulthood. Unfortunately, these youth experience an average of 8 home and school changes while in foster care. Only half graduate high school and less than three percent earn a college degree. Nationally, thousands of youth age out of foster care each year unprepared for independence. Instead, within two years of aging out of foster care, more than half are homeless, incarcerated, or on welfare. Each youth who drops out of high school, and becomes involved with drugs or crime, costs society an estimated $2 million.
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