Nearly 20,000 foster care teens "age-out" of the foster caresystem 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.
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.
With just a few hours of your time, you can help foster care teens successfully enter the adult world.
Books, VHS and Audio
Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens
Debbie, John Riley, Meeks
I Wonder...Teenagers Talk About Being Adopted (VHS)
Families Adopting in Response Videotapes
Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens (CD)
Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens from Middle School to High School and Beyond
Debra W. Haffner
Help Yourself for Teens: Real-Life Advice for Real Life Challenges
Dave Pelzer Books
Bringing Out the Best in Children and Adolescents Acting at Their Worst (Audiotape)
Thomas Lund Audiotapes
Angry Adolescents and Troubled Teens: A New Approach To Discovering Strengths and Developing Solutions (Audiotape)
David Wexler, PhD
Best of Adopted Child: For Parents of Teenagers
Adolescents with Attachment Difficulties (CD)
Gregory Keck CD
When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
Adopting the Older Child
The Adopted Adolescent (Audiotape)
What if Someone I Know Is Gay? Answers to Questions About Gay and Lesbian People