Across the Nation
23,000 children age-out of the foster care system each year, this means that once they turn 18 all funding and support stops for these children. These young adults are then forced into independent living which exposes them to homelessness, incarceration, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and limited education. How do former foster care kids fare as adults?
- 25% have been homeless at some point (approximately 20% are instantly homeless);
- Less than half have graduated from high school or are able to pass their GED;
- Less than 3% earn a college degree at any point in their life;
- Over 70% of female foster youth will become pregnant by the age of 21;
- More than 80% are unable to financially support themselves;
- Only 50% of aged out foster youth will have some form of gainful employment by age 24;
- Have twice the rate of post-traumatic disorder than U.S. combat veterans;
- More likely to have been incarcerated at some point;
- 4,374 kids in foster care
- 653 kids waiting to be adopted
Covington Region (which includes all Florida Parishes)
- 822 Kids in foster care in the Covington Region (larger than any other region in the state)
- Livingston Parish leads the State with 286 foster children
- Tangipahoa with 194 foster children
- St Tammany with 159 foster children
Here in St Tammany
- St. Tammany Parish has the 2nd highest number of kids in the foster care system (per capita, 1st) in the region, according to Covington Regional DCFS as of December 2017.
1 in 5 foster youth will become homeless after aging out.
51% of children exiting foster care will be unemployed within the first year.
40% of girls exiting foster care will become pregnant within the first year.
80% of domestic human trafficking victims were once in the foster care system.
Only 30% of children who grow up in foster care will graduate high school.