5 Foster Care Facts
North American Precis Syndicate
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready is one of thousands of supporters who partner with youth in foster care through Treehouse. Pictured, McCready records the song ‘Try So Hard’ with five youth who have participated in Treehouse’s Graduation Success program. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—When a child or youth is placed into foster care, their
safety and well-being become the shared responsibility of the community.
Organizations such as the nonprofit Treehouse are
an important part of the solution. Staff and volunteers work to provide
childhood experiences everyone deserves, connection to resources and a
successful launch into adulthood.
With close to half a million youth in care throughout the country,
numerous challenges remain. Here are five things to know so you can take
1. PTSD for Youth
There is emotional trauma in both being removed from home and the
uncertainty that follows. PTSD for youth who have experienced foster care is
twice the rate of war veterans.
2. School Challenges
Students in foster care change housing placements an average of three
times, and with each move, they lose about six months of academic progress.
High school graduation rates for youth in care are about 50 percent
nationwide, and less than 3 percent earn a bachelor’s degree.
3. Racial Disparities
Children of color are far more likely to enter the foster care system than
their white peers. They are more likely to be removed from their home, stay
in care longer and are less likely to return home.
4. After Foster Care
Across the country, close to 26,000 young adults exit foster care each
year. Nearly all lack the community network necessary for a supported launch
into adulthood. More than a third will experience homelessness at some point
by age 26.
5. Partners in Hope
Treehouse’s Graduation Success program is
dramatically increasing high school graduation rates—with 77 percent of
participants completing school. Through a number of programs, youth partner
with Treehouse from birth to well into their 20s.
to learn more or make a donation. Your donation supports Treehouse
programs from Graduation Success to Holiday Magic, which provides thousands
of kids a meaningful holiday gift. You can even honor someone you know who
has been impacted by foster care.
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