While the number of children in foster care has decreased over the last decade, the problems faced by kids who “age out” of the foster system still amount to a lifelong burden. Over 60% of former foster kids make minimum wage, and many of them rely on public assistance for their basic needs. Forty percent of former foster kids will become homeless at some point.
Strengthening impoverished communities and families can prevent these kids from entering the system to begin with. Community safety nets can be established to help impoverished parents provide necessary care to their children.
In addition to preventing kids from entering the system, we can also strengthen the system itself. The public can be educated about the special needs faced by foster kids and case workers can receive better support to do their jobs more effectively. We can all benefit from positive changes to the foster system. Check out this infographic for more info.