Unacceptable Facts and Stories
We currently have over 500,000 children in our broken foster care system, and all are at extremely high risk...
Almost 80% of inmates incarcerated in our prisons have spent time in foster care.
40-50% of former foster youth become homeless within 18 months after leaving care.
60% of youth earn incomes below the poverty line.
65% of children in foster care experience seven or more school changes from elementary to high school.
Only 1-3% graduate from college.
25% of foster youth will be in prison within two years of emancipation.
It costs an average of $47,000 per year to incarcerate an inmate in California.
Four of five (80 percent) young women become pregnant too soon.
32% of foster children are between the ages of 0 and 5
28% of foster children are between the ages of 6 and 12
40% of foster children are between the ages of 13 and 21
Average # of birthdays a child spends in foster care: 2(28 months)
They are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at six times the general population and double the rate of veterans returning from war.
Eight of ten (81 percent) males have been arrested compared to 17 percent of their peers who were not in foster care.
California has twice as many foster children as any other state -- 60,000.
In 2012, U.S. authorities received more than 3.3 million reports of abuse, representing about 6 million children, or 8% of the child population. From those reports, after investigation and intervention, about 400,000 children were placed in foster care, and of those, nearly 60,000 were permanently taken away from their families of origin.
It is well known that children entering foster care are likely to experience several changes in placement. Pardeck (1984) found that 22% of children had three or more placements during a median length of 2.5 years in foster care. Millham, Bullock, Hosie, and Haak (1986) report that after 2 years in care 56% of children had three or more placements and Kufeldt, Armstrong, and Dorosh (1989) report that 48% of children had three or more placements during a median length of stay of 4 years.
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-adv-foster-overflow-20150301-story.html?track=lat-pick#page=1 2015 article on LA county foster care
http://jitfosteryouth.org/outcomes/ foster care facts in America
http://www.childrensrights.org/issues-resources/foster-care/facts-about-foster-care/ foster care facts in America
http://www.angelsfosterokc.org/the-foster-crisis/ facts from on the Angels site in OKC
http://www.angelsfoster.org/about-angels/the-foster-crisis/ facts from Angels San Diego website
http://www.okmag.com/January-2012/Picking-Up-The-Pieces/ Local Oklahoma awful story
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/protecting-children-from-toxic-stress/?hp&rref Eye-opening article showing the science behind toxic trauma
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/24/opinion/la-oe-daum-foster-care-davion-only-20131024 Story shows that people will act if they are aware
http://randystubbs.smugmug.com/Other/Angels/31301173_49XNmn me & Philip Rivers
http://www.childwelfarepolicy.org/tools/assets/files/OK_2011-FC-Fact-Sheet _CHECKED.pdf more facts for Oklahoma
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/fostercare/caseworker/roberts.html article with great numbers on African Americans and CPS