Some Disturbing Facts

In 2012, 23,396 youth aged out of the U.S. foster care system without the emotional and financial support necessary to succeed. Nearly 40% had been homeless or couch surfed, nearly 60% of young men had been convicted of a crime, and only 48% were employed. 75% of women and 33% of men receive government benefits to meet basic needs. 50% of all youth who aged out were involved in substance use and 17% of the females were pregnant.

Nearly 25% of youth aging out did not have a high school diploma or GED, and a mere 6% had finished a two- or four-year degree after aging out of foster care. One study shows 70% of all youth in foster care have the desire to attend college.

According to the U.S. State Department, U.S. families adopted more than 7,000 children in 2012. In 2011, Americans adopted the highest number of children from China followed by Ethiopia, Ukraine, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 
average 
age 
of
 Kentucky’s 
adopted 
children 
is
 about
 7.7 years,
 while
 waiting 
children 
are, 
on 
average,
 roughly
 9.4 years 
old.
 Research 
shows 
that
 for
 youth
 over 
the
 age 
of 
9,
 the 
likelihood 
of
 being 
adopted 
drops
 significantly. Research
 shows
 that
 for
 youth
 over
 the
 age 
of
 9, 
the 
likelihood
 of
 being
 adopted
 drops
 significantly.

Many of them end up on the streets, turning to a life of drugs, crime, and prostitution.

Studies have shown that 10% – 15% of these children commit suicide before the age of 18. 70% of the boys become hardened criminals. 60% of the girls become prostitutes. 75% of women receive government benefits to meet basic needs.

Without the emotional and financial support necessary to succeed, this number has steadily risen over the past decade. (Source: Fostering)

Kentucky — and the Appalachian ridge, generally — is one of the regions hit hardest. Kentucky is the 4th most medicated state in the nation and it has the 6th highest rate of overdose deaths, according to the state’s Attorney General.

In Knott County, (Eastern KY) – half of the children have lost their parents due to death, abandonment or legal removal.

Rockcastle County (Eastern KY) is averaging one drug-related death per week.

 

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