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.

April 1, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Ways you can invest and make improvements in the lives of youth aging out of care.

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    Questions for discussion on the topic of aging out and independence.

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    Where to find additional information on research.

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    Effective strategies for preparing youth about to age out in the future.

Key Takeaway

Every year, about 20,000 young people "age out" of the foster care system 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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