AdvoCasey: Fall 2001

Fostered or Forgotten?

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

September 22, 2001

Summary

This issue of AdvoCasey outlines the many challenges of serving foster youth in transition. It also highlights ambitious campaigns that are unfolding across the country — in places like San Antonio, Cincinnati and Los Angeles County, California — that aim to forge better options and a better path forward for these young people in need. 

AdvoCasey is a seasonal newsletter with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

A national survey asked how teens were faring after leaving foster care — and its findings are sobering

In 1991, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a survey analyzing the success of teens after exiting foster care. The study found that only about half of these youth had completed high school, a little less than half had jobs and 25% had experienced homelessness after exiting care. 

Findings & Stats

Exit Options

Slightly more than half of the nearly 42,000 youth and young adults who exited foster care in 1998 chose to reunify with their families.      

Race Matters

Youth and young adults from two major racial categories — white and black — made up more than 80% of the nearly 120,000 individuals exiting foster care in 1998.   

Statements & Quotations