FOSTER YOUTH & COLLEGE
Foster youth understand that a college education is important. Many dream of the opportunity to earn a degree but with little or no support, are unable to overcome the emotional and financial barriers without any help.
Aspire To Attend College
Enroll In College
The instability faced by foster youth while in the care of the system makes it extremely difficult to transition into a college setting.
Avg. Number of Home Placements
Avg. Number of School Changes
Up to 6 Months Educational Progress Lost Per School Change
LONG-TERM IMPACT OF FOSTER CARE
Without intervention from a program like Forward Steps, emancipated youth face disproportionate instability after they exit the system.
5× more likely to suffer from PTSD.
7× the rate of drug dependence than peers.
2× the rate of alcohol dependence than peers.
54% Unemployment rate by 26 compared to 20% of peers.
75% of females and 33% for males rely on public assistance to meet basic needs.
25% reported being homeless at least once in the four years since emancipation.
50% of women had one child by the age of 21, 2x that of peers.
1 in 6 women transitioning out of foster care who were not enrolled in college cited the need to care for children as the most important reason.