There are 400,000 children currently in foster care in the US. 27,000 children currently in foster care in Los Angeles County.
The number of foster children currently Los Angeles County.
More than 2,600 children will age out of the foster care system each year. Only 1 out of 2 youth who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24.
Average Student Graduates
Foster Student Graduates
In California, the statewide average high school graduation rate by youth is 83%. Due to the instability of home life, changing schools is common.
Research indicates foster youth experience rates of homelessness ranging from 11% to 38%, disproportionately higher than that of the general population.
High Rate of Homelessness
1 out of 4
Foster Care kids will experience PTSD
1 in 4 in foster care will experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Former foster children are also twice as likely as U.S. war veterans to experience PTSD in adulthood. For young people suffering with PTSD, it is a continuous challenge that can be a debilitating mental illness when undiagnosed. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is often triggered by traumas, especially when it is filled with physical and emotional abuse.