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Foster Kids age out of foster care

23,000 children age out of foster care annually, instantly losing access to nearly every form of support.
Without transitional housing, this is what happens to them:

By the Numbers


70% of young women become pregnant before age 21


25% are dealing with PTSD

Sex Trade

60% of girls end up in the sex industry

Dim prospects

Fewer than 3% earn a college degree


20% become instantly homeless


Only 50% find employment by age 24.

25% will be incarcerated within 2 years of aging out.

The “foster-care to prison pipeline” is swallowing up unprecedented numbers of foster youth into the criminal justice system; 1 in 4 foster youth go to prison after aging out of foster care.

Being labelled a “foster child” plants powerful preconceptions in the minds of every person these children interact with--foster parents, teachers, healthcare providers, and especially criminal justice practitioners. In many cases, foster youth are viewed as more dangerous and volatile than other kids, and people treat them as such; for example, instead of mediating and de-escalating when a fight breaks out in a foster home, the police get called and the child receives a label that can be even harder to shake: juvenile delinquent.

Certain groups of foster youth are at greater risk of incarceration; foster youth placed in group homes are 2.5 times more likely to be incarcerated, 90% of youth with 5 or more foster placements will enter the criminal justice system, and Black foster youth--who are already vastly over-represented in the foster care system--are at greater risk for incarceration as well.

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