There is a problem
Foster teens are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Left to fend for themselves at age 18, foster teens emancipate out of the government system with little to no advantage. When teens age out of the foster care system, they've left with nowhere else to go consequently becoming some of society's most forgotten, abuse, and marginalized members. Homelessness, incareration and human trafficking are just some of the negative outcomes pervading this emancipation crisis.
- In 2015, the State of Michigan had 12,248 children of all ages in foster care. 30% if these were youth ages 12-18.
- Approximately 25% had no GED or high school diploma.
- 37% had been homeless or "couch surfed" since leaving.
- Only 48% were working compared to 72% of their peers who had not been in foster care.
- Nearly 60% of the young men had been convicted of a crime compared to 10% of their non-foster care peers.