Support Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Imagine starting out on your own with little or no support. Most of us start college or work with help from our families. Maybe your aunt gave you hand-me-down pots and pans to use in your first apartment. Maybe your parents took you shopping for new sheets for your dorm room. For many young adults leaving foster care this isn’t a reality. Teens growing up in the foster care system need the support of the community to ensure they are successful as they venture out on their own.
At 18 years old, kids are aging out of the foster care system and many must begin a new life for themselves without the benefit of support. Basic household items — a “Life Kit” — will help these teens get started on the path to success. Each Life Kit costs $200, and the Center estimates serving more than 80 teens this year.