- Half will become homeless within two years
- A third of all chronically homeless individuals come from foster care
- For girls, the chances of getting pregnant are five times higher than their peers
- Half of the prison population comes from foster care
- Eight out of 10 children in foster care dropout
- Virtually all are unemployed or underemployed
While the young adult population is the most challenging and complex when it comes to foster care and childhood trauma, it is not without hope. With the right balance of healthy adult relationships, trauma-responsive interventions, resources in our community, and a safety net into which they can safely “fail” as these kids learn to make it on their own, we can help these young people become productive citizens.
How we handle adulthood
#1 – Healthy relationships. Each month we bring these young people together through a program called Haven, in which they can engage with each other and with specially trained volunteers in the service of others. By cooking meals together, breaking bread, and being social, they know they have a place they belong. The goal is that each young person will have three healthy adult relationships in his or her life, with support into the late 20s.
#2 – Housing. For a fragile youth just starting out, an eviction can make the difference in a life of success or a spiral into homelessness. Fostering Hope is actively pursuing plans to create a safe, hopeful housing unit for young adults where they can pay affordable rent while establishing themselves.
#3 – Transportation. Volunteers help these teens and young adults get to interviews, work and college, and in some cases help guide them on the path to getting a driver’s license and vehicle of their own.
#4 – Creating a future. Volunteers and businesses find ways to help our older teens and young adults go to school or get a career-oriented job, so that they can become gainfully employed.