Nearly 20,000 foster care teens "age-out" of the foster care system each year. Once they reach 18, their state and foster families are no longer required to give them assistance. They are left to fend for themselves.
Teen Unfortunately, many foster care teens don’t have the support and life skills necessary to live on their own.   Foster care studies have shown that, in just four years after leaving foster care, 25 percent of "aged-out" youth become homeless, 42 percent have children of their own, fewer than 20 percent are able to support themselves, and only 46 percent graduated from high school.   Without the support systems most young adults take for granted, aged out foster care teens face a higher risk of substance abuse, domestic violence, and poverty.

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  • Adoptuskids - Older Youth and Teen Recruitment Effort-A form of targeted and/or child/youth-centered recruitment, these efforts specifically aim at finding permanent family connections for older youth and teenagers.   While many youth at this age may be working with an independent living program, teen recruitment recognizes the vital and important role family plays in creating future stability and success for them.   In addition to providing support and security through the sometimes turbulent teen and young adult years, a family provides love throughout a person’s lifetime.

  • Twoteen

  • Getting older is not easy for youth in foster care - Spring is the time of year when most 17- and 18-year-olds begin to think about proms, high school graduations, and entering college.   Most teenagers have the emotional and financial support of family as they mark these milestones. Unfortunately...

  • Supporting Youth in Foster Care
    Child Welfare Information Gateway - Resources on supporting youth while they remain in foster care seeking permanent families.

  • Youth Communication (www.youthcomm.org)
    - True Stories By Teens

  • Casey Family Programs
    - Improving Outcomes for Older Youth In Foster Care

  • Enhancing Permanency for Older Youth in Out-Of-Home Care
    (A Bulletin for Professionals) - Finding permanent families for older children and youth in out-of-home care continues to need support from foster care workers and other child welfare professionals.

  • Tough Future for teens aging our of foster care - Pennsylvania