More than one in five children in foster care will become homeless after the age of 18.
SWLA FOSTER CARE COALITION
Dear Community Member:
Young adults aging out of foster care have been a large concern not only for our nation, but our community. Some of these individuals will turn eighteen with no connections or resources. As a result, the City of Lake Charles established a committee to help combat this crisis.
The coalition is made up of individuals from various organizations. However, their goal is the same. The goal is to help these young adults by providing them with the tools and guidance to reach their full potential. This document was created by the AmeriCorps Vista members to work on the daily operations to achieve this goal. These young adults are our future. Therefore, it is our responsibility to do all we can to help them.
Mayor Randy Roach
THE HARD TRUTH
Will graduate high school by age 19
(compared to 87% of all 19 year olds)
Fewer than 2%
Will earn a college degree by age 25
(compared to 28% of all 25 year old adults)
1 in 4
Will be involved in the justice system within
two years of leaving the foster care system
According to KIDS COUNT Data, in 2014, 12% of the 238,230 kids who transitioned out of the foster care system, did so without a permanent connection to family.
The research is clear, those formerly in foster care face a steep, uphill climb. According to data from Jim Casey You Opportunities, only 58% will graduate high school by age 19, compared to 87 percent of all 19 year olds.
Seventy-one percent of young women who were in foster care are pregnant by the time they are 21. Those aging out of foster care also face higher rates of unemployment, criminal conviction, public assistance needs, and involvement in the child welfare system.