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.
A national survey asked how teens were faring after leaving foster care — and its findings are sobering
Findings & Stats
More than 40% of foster youth became parents within 2.5 to 4 years after exiting care, according to the national survey.
Statements & Quotations
Nationwide, youth who spend all or most of their teen years in foster care suffer disproportionately as they enter adulthood. Homelessness, unemployment, academic failure, incarceration, and premature parenting are all commonplace.
Foster care systems throughout America too often deny adolescents meaningful opportunities to develop skills for independent living. Then we cut youth loose at age 18 and leave them to fend for themselves.
– Douglas W. Nelson, former president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation