This report gives a background of foster care issues in need of reform from the kids’ perspective while outlining what policy reforms make sense. Included is a history of child welfare legislation that makes a case for permanency.
More Teens Leaving Foster Care Without A Permanent Family
What foster care means to the kids involved.
How permanency can make a difference in a child’s future.
How states differ in their care of kids needing foster care.
What child welfare issues need immediate reform.
In 2005, more than 24,000 youth left foster care at the age of 18 without a family of their own—a 41% increase since 1998.
Foster youth are no more ready for independence at age 18 than their non-foster care peers.
While the total number of children in foster care has been decreasing, the number of youth who age out foster care without finding a family has been increasing.
Youth in Nebraska average 2.5 years in foster care while youth in Illinois spend almost 9 years in care before aging out.
Some youth report positive experiences in the system by caring, helpful adults and foster families that helped prepare them for life after foster care.