Troubling Outcomes of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care = Disconnected Youth
What does it really mean to be a innocent child in the foster care system in America? The statisics for foster youth is troubling. Among the findings, the data shows that youth aging out of foster care across the country are lagging behind thier peers in completing high school, graduating from college and gaining employment. Leaving foster care with out resources and supportive adults at 18 will put youth at risk for homelessness, low educational attainment, unemployment, and early pregnancies. Older youth need supportive adults to rely on to help them during this transition period. They still need guidance as well as financial and emotional support. How can we create a smoother path toward self-sufficiency for our youth in foster care? What responsibility do we have to save our disconnected youth. It's not that their fault that they ended up in fostercare.