Jan. 9, 2008—Could you have made it entirely on your own at 18 or 21? The roughly 25,000 young people who “age out” of the foster care system face steep challenges, including higher rates of unemployment, poor educational attainment, health issues, incarceration, and homelessness.
But those are the problems, the statistics—what about the potential of these teens, and programs that help them tap it? We spoke with Betsy Krebs, co-director of the New York City-based Youth Advocacy Center, about what works to help teens aging out of foster care succeed. There’s room for the whole community.... Read more.