It’s hard turning 18 — moving out, finding a job, going to college. But many foster children have to do it by themselves, without the lifeline to parents and home that helps many teens ease into independence. This NPR report presents the difficulties that foster kids face when they age out of the system.
At any given time, 115,000 kids live in the foster-care system. Only a small fraction of those will be adopted. Tony Jones is one of the lucky few, adopted by his mother, Jackie, when he was only four. Farai Chideya talks with them about the foster-care system.
July 2, 2011
An informational article about what happens to young adults when they age out of foster care. By Michael Piraino
November 24, 2005
This article in The Economist presents an explanation of the foster care system and some shocking facts to go with it.