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Stop Foster Care to Homeless!

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When children cannot return home to their families, child welfare systems must move quickly to find them alternative homes. As time goes by, the prospects for landing in safe, loving, permanent homes grow dimmer for foster youth. Many will simply “age out” of the system when they turn 18, without a family and without the skills to make it on their own.

In 2015, more than 20,000 young people — whom states failed to reunite with their families or place in permanent homes — aged out of foster care, simply because they were too old to remain.

In 2015, of the 428,000 children in foster care, more than 17,000 had case goals of emancipation, or aging out after leaving foster care without a permanent family.

Youth who age out of foster care are less likely than youth in the general population to graduate from high school and are less likely to attend or graduate college. By age 26, approximately 80 percent of young people who aged out of foster care earned at least a high school degree or GED compared to 94 percent in the general population.

By age 26, 4 percent of youth who aged out of foster care had earned a 4-year college degree, while 36 percent of youth in the general population had done so.

The National Foster Care Registry invites you to play a pivotal role in eliminating foster care to homelessness pipleline. Please subscribe to our email list and look out for our campaign.

We believe substantially changing the landscape of independent living programs that states and private organizations now offer young people transitioning from foster care into adulthood will lead to the most important catalyst in decades for states and communities to develop sustained advocacy on behalf of youth in foster care transitioning into adulthood. This initiative provides a broad framework for reforming services and systems to more effectively meet the needs of young people, quantify the scope of "independent living" program successes by defining outcome measures, strengthening existing programs and resources, increasing organizational accountability and enhancing the outcome focus of policies and practices.

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