Grant Me Hope exists because former foster youth are much more likely than the general population to fall into adverse circumstances after aging out of the foster care system:
- 25% will experience homelessness while still a young adult
- 48% will experience unemployment as a young adult
- They are 5 times more likely to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than their peers in the general public and are diagnosed at a higher rate than military combat veterans
- Their rate of drug dependency is 7 times higher than their peers in the general public
- Their rate of alcohol dependency is 2 times higher than their peers in the general public
- Former female foster youth are 10 times more likely than other women of the same age to commit a crime and experience incarceration — male former foster youth are 4 times more likely
- 71% of female former foster youth will become mothers by the age of 21, 14 percent become mothers at the young age of 19
- 75% of female former foster children need government services to meet basic needs — 33% of male former foster youth require assistance
- Roughly 2% further their education beyond high school
Adoption could change these statistics, yet every year, roughly 23,000 children age out of the foster care system alone.
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