Each year, an estimated 20,000 young people “age out” of foster care.
So what might come next for them? Studies show…
Slide: “54% of aged out foster kids earn a hs diploma” Brandford, C. & English, D. (2004). Foster youth transition to independence study. Seattle, WA: Office of Children’s Administration Research, Washington Department of Social and Health Services.
Slide: “2 % of kids aged out of the FC system will earn a bachelor’s degree” Pecora, P. J., Kessler, R. K., Williams, J., O’Brien, K., Downs, A. C., English, D., White, J., Hiripi, E., White, C.R., Wiggins, T. & Holmes, K. (2005). Improving family foster care: Findings from the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study. Seattle, WA: Casey Family Programs. http://www.casey.org
Slide: “25% have been homeless” Reilly, T. (2003). Transition from care: Status and outcomes of youth who age out of foster care. Child Welfare, 82(6), 727-746.
Slide: “51% of kids aged out are unemployed” Unemployed for all 13 quarters since leaving foster care in Illinois at age 18: Goerge, R., Bilaver, L., Lee, B.L.; Needell, B., Brookhart, A., & Jackman, W. (2002). Employment Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care – Final Report. Chicago, IL and Berkeley, CA: Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, and Center for Social Services Research, University of California Berkeley. http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/fostercare-agingout02/
Slide: “30% of kids aged out of the FC system receive public assistance” Kerman, B., Wildfire, J., & Barth, R.P. (2002). Outcomes for young adults who experienced foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 24(1/2), 79-104.
Slide: “84% of kids aged out of FC system become a parent” Courtney, M., Piliavin, I., Grogan-Kaylor, A. & Nesmith, A. (2001). Foster youth transitions to adulthood: A longitudinal view of youth leaving care, Child Welfare, 80, 685-717.