Foster Kids That Age Out
I moved out with some friend the summer I graduated. I refused to live in the dorms in college and I was already had extreme anxiety about even going to college in the first place. Looking back it probably wasn't the best idea no not live in the dorm. I would have had to take out some loans to live in the dorms but by living on my own I had to work a full time job to pay for bills. Luckily I had taken an Independent Living course that allowed me to get some state help every month and helped pay for some schooling as well. Working full time, mixed with anxiety, and being an eighteen year old with no one to tell me what to do didn't make the whole college thing work out to well and I dropped out after a year.
Many times I wished there was some one to just tell me what to do or what to expect. Like the time I woke up when winter morning and it was 45 degrees in the house because I was out of propane. I had no idea how much it could cost to fill up a tank for the winter. My point is that too many kids are sent our in to this world with not enough knowledge to be successful. I even had the advantage for coming from Coyote Hill where they taught me a lot about what I need to do to be on my own and I still ran into situations. I recently was reading the National Facts About Children in Foster Care page on the fostercarealumni.org website and the statistics don’t look good. According to their statistics 20,000 young adult’s age out of foster care each year. Only around 54% get a high school diploma or GED and only around 2% obtained a Bachelor's degree or higher. Around 51% were unemployed. With statistics like these how do we expect these kids to succeed?