Cost Avoidance

The Business Case for Investing in Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

May 26, 2013

Summary

This issue brief highlights the financial price tag to taxpayers of poor outcomes among youth exiting foster care. It analyzes costs in three areas: education, parenthood and justice system involvement. The findings deliver a clear and compelling call to action: Supporting these vulnerable men and women is a smart investment. Even more, it’s an opportunity taxpayers can’t afford to miss. 

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Key Takeaway

The numbers add up to a powerful message: Invest in foster care youth now or pay dearly later

How much would our society save if youth aging out of foster care did as well as non-foster youth? The answer is shocking. Nearly $8 billion saved for each annual wave of young people exiting foster care.

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