Aging Out

August 15th, 2014 | Connections Homes

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Every year 27,000 foster children turn 18 and “age out” of Foster Care. Left to do life alone, without a caring adult to walk beside them the statistics are grim and startling.

  • Only 4% will go on to complete a 4-year college degree, compared to 36% of the general population.
  • 1 in 5 will be homeless after 18
  • Only 1/2 will be employed full time by age 24
  • 71% of young women will be pregnant by age 21
  • By age 24 60% of young men will have spent time in jail
  • 70% of all sex trafficking victims were former foster children


  1. Pam,
    My wife and I started a non-profit around ten years ago for foster children/youth in Cleveland Georgia. We have fostered over 30+ children/youth, mostly middle and high school kids that were hard to place or who were returned to care after a failed adoption attempt. Our five bedroom/six bath old bed and breakfast has been empty downstairs for a few months, as we seek guidance on how to continue serving under a different format. SoftTouch Ministries stands for:”Serving Our Father Through Theatre,Outreach,Understanding,Caring,and Healing.” The teens participated in our Fine Arts Program as a way to develop accomplishment in their lives. Our distrust/unhappiness with DFCS has grown to an all time low. We have been searching for a way to minister to the group of teens that are aging out of the system and our heart breaks each time we watch Wednesday’s Child on the news knowing that these young people will most likely be there too in the near future. Our attempts to get DFCS on board has proven futile. Hannah Roetman passed your name on to us as a possible help/connection after asking her about the “Fostering Together” Program at Brown’s Bridge Church. Please contact us at 706-892-7954 or at the above email so we can bounce some ideas/stories off of each other. I don’t know how/if we can be helpful to you, but it may be the start to a new friendship in the ministry. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Steve Batchelor

  2. Looking forward to working with Victory World Church very soon in order to cater to the “aging out” population for better guidance and work experience.

    Paige M. Tyson

  3. As a former foster child who aged out, I would love more information of how I can physically help.

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