GITNUX MARKETDATA REPORT 2024

Foster Care Youth Statistics: Market Report & Data

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"The average age of children in foster care is 8 years old."

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"Foster care youth face higher rates of unemployment than their peers."

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"Foster care youth experience three times the rate of mental health disorders compared to the general youth population."

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"Nearly 20% of youth aging out of foster care become instantly homeless."

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"Foster care youth are three times more likely to be involved with law enforcement."

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"70% of siblings in foster care are separated."

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"Native American children are disproportionately represented in the foster care system."

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"Only 3% of youth who age out of foster care will earn a college degree."

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"Around 70% of foster youth express the desire to go to college."

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"81% of boys who age out of foster care have been arrested at least once by age 24."

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"African American children represent 23% of the foster care population, though they are only 14% of the U.S. child population."

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"Around 33% of youth in foster care identify as LGBTQ+."

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"Nearly 50% of children in foster care have chronic medical problems."

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"Approximately 424,000 children are in foster care in the United States as of 2019."

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"Over 60% of children in foster care spend 2 to 5 years in the system."

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"About 25% of former foster youth experience PTSD."

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"Only around 55% of foster youth develop stable support networks after ageing out."

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"The average number of placements per foster care youth is 3."

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"About 50% of infants in foster care will remain in care for more than one year."

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"About 50% of foster care youth complete high school by age 18."

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