Projects WE Love: Aging-Out of Foster Care

THIS is a campaign that is so worth funding, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t contribute.

The amazing people at Salaam Garage want your help. ” Growing up is hard for everyone. But for a child raised in foster care with no family to fall back on, the transition to adulthood can be particularly rough.

Removed from their birth parents for abuse, neglect or abandonment, foster kids typically grow up in various foster families and group homes.  Those homes may last for as little as a few days or as long as a few years, but they rarely provide enough stability to ground kids with the education and skills they need to start out on their own.

When these children turn 21, they officially “age out” of foster care. That means they’re no longer entitled even to minimum room and board from the foster care system. All of a sudden, they have to fend for themselves.

Nationwide, about 20,000 of the 542,000 children in foster care “age out” each year. Five percent of them – about 1,100 young adults – are left on their own in the New York City area.

Go to it!

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