Aging Out of Foster Care in America

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

April 19, 2013

Summary

This two-page infographic highlights the steep consequences of stopping foster care at 18 and offers a promising solution: extending high-quality, developmentally-appropriate services to age 21. It is a product of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative aimed at forging a better path for youth who are exiting foster care and entering adulthood. 

Key Takeaway

The struggles of youth exiting foster are costly — and impact all Americans

The cost of maintaining the current foster care finish line? It’s devastating, and adds up to nearly $8 billion each year. Otherwise put: citizens and communities are paying $300,000 in taxpayer-funded costs for every young person who ages out of foster care at 18.

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