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 percent will experience homelessness while still a young adult
- 48 percent will experience unemployment as a young adult
- They are 5 times more likely to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- 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
- 14 percent of female former foster youth will become mothers at age 19, the number rises substantially to 71 percent at the age of 21
- 75 percent of female former foster children need to receive government services to meet basic needs — compared to 33 percent of male former foster youth
- Roughly 2 percent 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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