Foster Care Facts

1 out of 184 children in the United States are in the foster care system. Each year, thousands of these youth "age out" of the system and find themselves alone.

The statistics for foster youth can be troubling...

Forward Steps is here to change that picture.

FOSTER YOUTH & COLLEGE

Foster youth understand that a college education is important. Many dream of the opportunity to earn a degree but with little or no support, are unable to overcome the emotional and financial barriers without any help.

70%

Aspire To Attend College

15%

Enroll In College

<3%

Graduate College

PRE-COLLEGE CHALLENGE

The instability faced by foster youth while in the care of the system makes it extremely difficult to transition into a college setting.

6

Avg. Number of Home Placements

7+

Avg. Number of School Changes

6

Up to 6 Months Educational Progress Lost Per School Change

LONG-TERM IMPACT OF FOSTER CARE

Without intervention from a program like Forward Steps, emancipated youth face disproportionate instability after they exit the system.

    Psychological

  • 5× more likely to suffer from PTSD.

  • the rate of drug dependence than peers.

  • the rate of alcohol dependence than peers.

    Social

  • 54% Unemployment rate by 26 compared to 20% of peers.

  • 75% of females and 33% for males rely on public assistance to meet basic needs.

  • 25% reported being homeless at least once in the four years since emancipation.

    Generational

  • 50% of women had one child by the age of 21, 2x that of peers.

  • 1 in 6 women transitioning out of foster care who were not enrolled in college cited the need to care for children as the most important reason.

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