Did You Know?
  • In the U.S. 408,425 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system.
  • Through no fault of their own, these children enter foster care as a result of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
  • The average child waits for an adoptive family for more than three years.
  • Forty percent of all foster youth are between the ages of 13-20 years of age.
  • Only 50% of all foster teens will receive a high school diploma.
  • Only 10% of former foster youth will attend college, and of that 10%, only 3% will graduate.
  • More than 20,000 children each year never leave the system — they remain in foster care until they “age out.”
  • 50% of former foster youth will be homeless during their first two years after exiting foster care.
  • Many of these homeless youth will turn to prostitution as a means to support themselves.
  • 60% of girls become pregnant within a few years after leaving the foster care system.
  • 50% of youth leaving foster care are unemployed.
  • 33% will receive public assistance.
  • Thirty percent of the homeless in America and some 25 percent of those in prison were once in foster care.

 

What Can You Do?
  • Adopt.
  • If you can’t adopt, consider becoming a foster parent.
  • If you can’t become a foster parent, consider helping in other ways:
    • As a CASA volunteer: National CASA
      CASAforChildren.org/Adulthood
    • Consider providing respite for a foster family. Please check your local foster and/or adoption agencies.
    • Provide a foster teen a job.
    • Donate items such as clothing, toys, or school supplies to your local foster/adoption agency.
    • Consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister.

 

Additional Resources
National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1 (800) 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Covenant House

Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Today they are the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.
www.covenanthouse.org

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.
https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/

Child Welfare Information Gateway

This website provides a wealth of resources for foster youth and the adults who support them. It includes information on scholarships and tuition waivers they might be eligible for.
ChildWelfare.gov

Foster Care Alumni of America

FCAA is a national nonprofit founded and led by alumni of the foster care system. Their mission is to connect foster kids with the alumni community and to transform foster care policy and practice.
FosterCareAlumni.org

>Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse | RAINN

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
https://www.rainn.org/get-info/effects-of-sexual-assault/adult-survivors-of-childhood-sexual-abuse

National Resource Center for Youth Development

NRCYD’s overall goal is to build the capacity of States and Tribes to provide high quality services to their youth in out of home placements, former foster youth and other youth in at-risk situations.
http://www.nrcyd.ou.edu/

Foster Club

FosterClub is a blog outlet that empowers young people to share their stories, which leads to policy changes that improve educational opportunities and stability for foster youth.
https://www.fosterclub.com/