The research is clear. Those formerly in foster care face an uphill road to adulthood, and an absent connection to family only steepens their climb.
In 2014, 12% of the 238,230 kids who transitioned out of foster care did so without the benefit of a permanent connection to family.
The good news is that most kids — nearly 9 in every 10 — are departing the system with a family tie in place. In 2014, 51% of youth exiting foster care were unified with a parent or primary caretaker; 21% were adopted; and 9% were placed with a guardian.
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