Youth Transitioning from Foster Care
54% of youth from foster care will earn their high school diploma, compared to 87% of the general population.
Without a formal education or adult guidance, within a year of exiting foster care:
25% of youth will experience housing instability
50% will be unemployed
Youth from foster care are seven times more likely to develop a drug dependency, twice as likely to develop an alcohol dependency and they experience PTSD at double the rate as U.S. Iraq war veterans.
CA Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, 2015
School of Social Work, Simmons University, 2015
Children and Youth Services Review, 2017