BY THE NUMBERS
The statistics associated with children who age out of foster care at age 18 are staggering:
- Half will become homeless within two years
- A third of all chronically homeless individuals come from foster care
- For girls, the chances of getting pregnant are five times higher than their peers
- Half of the prison population comes from foster care
- Eight out of 10 children in foster care dropout
- Virtually all are unemployed or underemployed
While the young adult population is the most challenging and complex when it comes to foster care and childhood trauma, it is not without hope. With the right balance of healthy adult relationships, trauma-responsive interventions, resources in our community, and a safety net into which they can safely “fail” as these kids learn to make it on their own, we can help these young people become productive citizens.
How we handle adulthood
Teens in foster care don’t have the same opportunities and support as most of us did when we were there age. They don’t have someone to show them how to dress for an interview, or to reach out to a network for job leads. And because of the trauma they experienced, they often don’t have the same social and relational skills that are vital in a workplace.
In response to this need, Fostering Hope partners with nonprofits and a variety of local businesses to provide training, internships and jobs for kids to put them on a path to productive citizenship.
Did you know something as simple as drinking applesauce through a straw can help calm trauma symptoms? Equipping work supervisors with this knowledge can lead to lasting employment instead of termination.
We have many local businesses who have signed on to prepare these kids for sustainable employment.
Our vision is that they become adults who will thrive and someday give back to the community. That they learn their traumatic past does not have to define their future.
Learn how your business or employer can participate.