Do you remember what it was like to become an “adult” or turn 18 and what an exciting time that was? I know I do. It’s a time of exhilaration and uncertainty and it’s a time when teens may need family the most as they hit that next milestone in their life. Sadly though, many teens don’t have a family to help them make that transition. Every year 20,000 youth age out of the foster and adoption system. That’s 20,000 teens a year who don’t have someone to stand and cheer for them at graduation or help them move into a dorm room. Teens who age out of the foster care system face a number of struggles including homelessness and unemployment. Becoming an adult is difficult enough without having to go it alone.
In the U.S. there are over 400,000 children in the foster care system and over 100,000 are available to be adopted. So often we think about young children when we think about adoption and foster care but there are so many children, from tweens to teens that are in need of a family. The majority of children are ages eight and older. Teens who have been adopted are more likely to finish high school and go on to college.