Children and teens in California enter the foster care system everyday at no fault of their own. These children enter care because they've been abused, neglected or simply can't continue to live safely with their families or in their homes. According to the most recent federal data, there are currently more than 400,000 children in the foster care system in the United States. Out of that 400,000, there are more than 65,000 children in the California foster care system alone. This figure is scary and we need to do something about it, to protect the most vulnerable population in our society.
Below are some quick stats on children in the California foster care system:
- There are 64,196 (to 66,250) children and youth in foster care in the state of California
- 52% of the youth in the California foster care system are boys
- 48% of the youth in the California foster care system are girls
- On average, 50% of the children entering foster care in California will be placed with 3 or more families
- On average, kids in California who enter the foster care system will remain in care for 14 months before being placed with a permanent family
- 45% (less than half) of children in the California foster care system will be adopted
- In 2018, 4,313 children celebrated their 18th birthday in foster care
- Less than half of all foster youth in California graduate high school
- 75% of young women in foster care report at least one pregnancy by age 21
- Every year about 4,000 youth age out of care in California with no place to call home
- Half of youth who have aged out of foster care end up homeless or incarcerated
There are thousands of children in the foster care system currently waiting to find the security and comfort of a lifelong family. These children need us now more than ever. The biggest way you can help a child in foster care is by opening up your home and becoming a foster parent. Sign up for our next orientation class where you will learn more about becoming an adoptive parent in the state of California. We understand that becoming a Foster/Adoptive Parent isn’t for everyone, but we can all do something to help the more than 400,000+ children in the United States foster care system. Children in foster care usually arrive at their resource parent’s home with little to nothing, other than the clothes on their backs and maybe a small bag of possessions. A lot of times, resource parents will pay more out of pocket than the state provides, just buying them all of the essentials so they can live comfortably. To help with this burden, agencies like ours try to collect as many items as they can for these children, but we still fall short. Your donations will help assure that our children and families are safe and supported.