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. 

May 26, 2013

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The challenges facing youth who transition out of foster care.

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    The cost of academic failure for youth exiting care.

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    The cost of criminal justice involvement for this group.

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    The cost of early pregnancy among young women exiting foster care.

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.

Findings & Stats

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