Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Number of Youth Aging out of Foster Care Continues to Rise; Increasing 64 percent since 1999


The Fostering Connections Resource Center serves as a library of child welfare information and resources to help states and tribes in their efforts to implement the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.

By encouraging states to invest more resources in supporting foster youth’s transition to adulthood, federal lawmakers hope that the new law will help more youth leaving foster care have independent and productive lives.

Roth, M.M., et al (2010). Excerpts from Number of Youth Aging out of Foster Care Continues to Rise; Increasing 64 percent since 1999

  • During the past 10 years, the number of children who age out of the foster care system has increased steadily, with a nearly 64 percent increase. 
  • Since 1999, approximately 228,000 youth have "aged out" of foster care nationally.
  • The percentage of the total foster care caseload over the age of 14 has increased steadily since 1998.
  • The percentage of children and youth in foster care who are 14 through 18 has continued to grow while financial resources to serve this population through the Chafee Foster Care Independence Act has remained the same each year.

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