Foster Care

Nearly one thousand young people age out of the Michigan foster care system each year. Many are only 18 years old and still need support and services. Several studies show that without a lifelong connection to a caring adult, these older youth are often left vulnerable to a host of adverse situations. Compared to other youth, kids who age out of foster care are more likely to not have completed high school or received a GED, they often suffer from mental health problems, many are unemployed live in poverty, and nearly 40% become homeless.