SEPARATED CHILDREN CHALLENGES: FOSTER CARE IN THE UNITED STATES
The U.S. child welfare system is in crisis. A shortage of foster homes, inability to place siblings together and a lack of effective transition programs make transitioning from youth to adulthood very difficult. 54% of children in foster care graduate from high school, and only 3% complete a bachelor’s degree.
Without a high school education and ongoing support to help develop professional skills for success, foster youth can face serious challenges. In fact, 33% of homeless young adults were previously in foster care, and one quarter of foster care alumni will become involved with the criminal justice system within two years of leaving care. All children deserve better.