Reading about kids aging out of foster care makes me sick. Literally. I aged out at 17 and I didn’t realize that the crappy education and skill set that I had was so much more than many of the other kids received. I wrote this book because I want to help the kids that are still n care have access to as much information as I can.
Everything from finding an apartment and getting the utilities turned on to paying for college and saving for retirement are covered. Resources for emancipating youth shared from organizations across the country are also included. This edition includes a bonus chapter on resumes, interviewing, and career advice.
We have to start preparing kids in care to take care of themselves. The statistics are too sad. There is no reason that:
|Outcomes during transition from care to adulthood||National data||Regional or Local data|
|Earned a high school diploma||54%||50% – 63%|
|Obtained a Bachelor’s degree or higher||2%||2%|
|Became a parent||84%||42%|
|Had no health insurance||30%||29%|
|Had been homeless||25%||36%|
|Were receiving public assistance||30%||26%|
These numbers are unacceptable. We have to do something to help.
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