Helping Children Aging Out of Foster Care Programs Prepare for Independence

By the Association of Small Foundations

April 1, 2008

Summary

On any given day, there are 500,000 children and youth in the foster care system. Instead of security and stability, these kids are subjected to situations that change frequently. When youths "age out" of the foster care system, they do not possess the skills to thrive on their own. This discussion guide provides suggestions on ways you can invest in this area, questions for general discussion and where to find additional information and resources.

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Key Aging Out of Foster Care Takeaway

Every year, about 20,000 young people "age out" of the foster care programs and are suddenly on their own.

Four years after aging out of the system, 25% have been homeless, less than half have graduated from high school, 42% have become parents themselves and more than 80% are unable to support themselves.

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