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Aging Out of Foster Care. Information taken from: Midwest Evaluation of Adult Functioning for Former Foster Youth from Wisconsin Outcomes at Age 19 Mark Courtney and Amy Dworsky January 2006 Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois.

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Aging out of foster care

Aging Outof Foster Care

Information taken from:

Midwest Evaluation of Adult Functioning for Former Foster Youth from Wisconsin Outcomes at Age 19

Mark Courtney and Amy Dworsky

January 2006

Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

A partnership of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services;

Adoption Resources of Wisconsin, Inc.

PATH-WI, Inc.

St. Aemilian-Lakeside, Inc


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There are over 500,000 children in the U.S. foster care system.

118,000 of whom are available for adoption


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Each year20,000 kids

age out

of the foster care system into adulthood


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Less than one in five youth

are completely self sufficient when they leave foster care.


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One fourth of youth are

reading at a third grade level or lower when they age out of foster care


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More than one third of those aging out of foster care had

no high school diploma

or general equivalency diploma


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One year after aging out,

only 40 percent

of foster care alumni

have current employment


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Less than 50% of youth who have aged out of the foster care system have health insurance


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More than half, 54 percent, of children

aging out of the foster care system have what doctors diagnose as

mental health problems.


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More than 25 percent

of foster care alumni experience

post-traumatic stress disorder.

That is 2 timesas high as the percentage of veterans

who faced combat.


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Youth who age out foster care in Wisconsin are 12 times more likely

to become homelessthan their peers.


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  • What Can You Do?

    • Consider Becoming Foster Parent

    • Become a Mentor For Youth

    • Provide Access to Job Opportunities

    • Sponsor Scholarships

    • Assist with Access to affordable housing

    • Advocate for extending T-19 eligibility in Wisconsin to 21


Aging out of foster care

For more information on becoming a foster parent or helping out foster youth in your community contact:

Agency

Contact Person

Phone

E-Mail


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