When most teens leave home for the first time they still have their parents to rely on for help. For young adults in foster care, once they're dropped from the system they often have no one to turn to. In California, the help that was available has been scaled back because of budget cuts. So how do these young adults get by?
According to a study from the University of Chicago, many former foster kids have a tough time out on their own. When they age out of the system, they're more likely than their peers to end up in jail, homeless or pregnant. They're also less likely to have a job or go to college.
We ask that California, other US States, and the Federal government not to cut foster care funding but to increase the funding and provide more programs to help these young adults transition into adulthood.