What is "Aging-Out"?
Each year approximately 24,000 American teenagers turn 18 in foster care and head out into the world alone. Still in high school, they must find a job, a place to live and transportation. Forever Family has made the plight of these ‘aging out’ youth a priority and is working to change the way these young people are viewed and supported.
National studies show that within 2-4 years of leaving foster care at age 18:51% were unemployed
40% were homeless
40% were receiving public assistance or incarcerated
84% became parents
46% did not finish high school
40% experienced drug or alcohol abuse
You can help Teens After Foster Care
Without a family to fall back on life for these young adults is bleak. You can help teens "aging-out" out by: • Purchasing graduation gifts and items to set up their first homes • Becoming a mentor • Donating and / or participating in Forever Family's annual Holiday Party Providing employment opportunities – Donating vehicles – Providing low cost housing – Donating to our emergency fund to help cover unexpected expenses.