According to a 2008 AFCARS report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/tar/report14.htm), over 26,000 youth age out of the foster care system each year. Research shows that youth who leave foster care are more likely to drop out of high school, to be unemployed, and to be dependent on public assistance when compared to other youth. Youth from foster care may also experience mental health problems, drug usage, and involvement with the criminal justice system—all at higher rates than average.2 It is therefore not surprising that the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) chose youth in foster care and alumni of care, age 16–21, to be served in a five-state demonstration project.
Foster Youth Demonstration Project, Final Evaluation Report
Jul 1, 2008