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What Happens When Kids in Foster Care Become Adults?

Each year, an estimated 20,000 young people “age out” of foster care.

So what might come next for them?  Studies show…

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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/
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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One comment on “What Happens When Kids in Foster Care Become Adults?

  1. great slideshow. Startling facts. Makes you realize how important it is for people to step up and be foster parents.

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