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 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
Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago
A partnership of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services;
Adoption Resources of Wisconsin, Inc.
St. Aemilian-Lakeside, Inc
There are over 500,000 children in the U.S. foster care system.
118,000 of whom are available for adoption
Each year20,000 kids
of the foster care system into adulthood
Less than one in five youth
are completely self sufficient when they leave foster care.
One fourth of youth are
reading at a third grade level or lower when they age out of foster care
More than one third of those aging out of foster care had
no high school diploma
or general equivalency diploma
One year after aging out,
only 40 percent
of foster care alumni
have current employment
Less than 50% of youth who have aged out of the foster care system have health insurance
More than half, 54 percent, of children
aging out of the foster care system have what doctors diagnose as
mental health problems.
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.
Youth who age out foster care in Wisconsin are 12 times more likely
to become homelessthan their peers.
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