During the 2021 fiscal year, nearly 400,000 children were processed through the American foster care system. Of these, nearly 2,000 reside in our home: Miami-Dade County.
Each one of those numbers is a child with a life, hopes, struggles, and dreams. This is how tough it can be:
As these youth enter adulthood, they often face additional barriers to secure basic needs. While most youths have caring, supportive parents to help them navigate life, foster care youth have it much harder:
On average, for every young person who ages out of the foster care system, taxpayers and community members pay $300,000 over that person’s lifetime in social costs such as public assistance, incarceration, and other community costs.