Young people between the ages of 14 and 25 must take on distinct social and developmental tasks to become healthy, connected, productive adults. This fact sheet outlines brain research for teens and how kids in foster care are impacted during development by the lack of close relationships.
THERE ISN’T A “POINT OF NO RETURN” FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA.
Findings & Stats
Between the ages of 14 and 25, the brain experiences a period of major growth and development.
Young people between the ages of 14 and 25 must experience specific social and developmental tasks to become healthy, connected and productive adults.
Healthy relationships are critical to coping with the stressful and traumatic experiences that foster kids too often face.
Decision making, risk taking and organizing one’s life are ways teens can exercise their brains.
Experiences during adolescence can largely determine the rest of a person’s life trajectory.
Statements & Quotations
Since 1999, more than 230,000 young people have left the foster care system in America, typically at age 18, without having a stable family. Far too many of these young people face troubling challenges upon aging out of foster care, including homelessness, lower graduation rates from high school and college, and difficulty securing stable employment.
Rather than trying to stop [risk taking] altogether, parents and guardians should provide a safe and supportive environment where young people are free to experience challenges, make hard decisions and learn from their mistakes.
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