THE CRISIS

The population at greatest risk for becoming homeless are youth who “age-out” of foster care each year at age 18. 50% of the homeless population spent time in foster care. Approximately 400,000 youth are in foster care in the US. 20k-35k of those youth age-out each year without familial supports or any family connection at all. Within 18 months of aging-out, 40-50% of foster youth become homeless. 50% will be incarcerated within two years of “aging-out.” Foster youth have higher rates of PTSD than combat veterans of the Vietnam and Iraq wars. 77% of the young women aging-out become pregnant, risking another generation reentering the system if they are unable to provide a “home.” Fewer than half of young adults were employed 12 to 18 months after aging out of the foster care system. 5,000+ unaccompanied youth die each year as a result of assault, illness, or suicide. The foster care system is one of America’s most troublesome institutions: chronically underfunded and largely uninformed and unsuccessful at raising children much better than the parents from whom they were removed.

The cost to society is $8 billion/year.

The Crisis - A Sense of Home