Each year in this country an estimated 28,000 youth “age out” of the foster care system, whether or not they are prepared to live on their own.
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Foster care by the numbers:
- On average, a child enters foster care every two minutes in the United State.
- Over 100,000 children are waiting to be adopted everyday in the United States.
- Over 670,000 children spend time in U.S. foster care every year.
- On average, children remain in state care for nearly two years and six percent of children in foster care have languished there for five or more years.
- Despite the common perception that the majority of children in foster care are very young, the average age of kids in care is nearly 9.
- While most children in foster care live in family settings, a substantial minority — 14 percent — live in institutions or group homes.
- On average, more than 20,000 young people age out of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to forever families have a higher likelihood than youth in the general population to experience homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults.