As of 2020, there are approximately 424,000 foster youth nationwide. Every year 20,000 children between the ages of 18-21 age out of the foster care system to fend for themselves with no family or support system.
After reaching 18 years old, 20% of the foster children become instantly homeless.
Only 1 out of every 2 foster child who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24. Within four years of aging out, 50% have no earnings, and those who do, make an average annual income of $7,500 which is below the federal poverty guideline.
There is less than a 3% chance for children who have aged out of foster care to earn a college degree at any point in their life.
Many foster youth report not having access to a computer at home which prevents them from being on a level playing field with their peers and to pursue education opportunities, studying and networking.
7 out of 10 girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 21.
25% of children after aging out of the foster care system still suffers from the direct effects of PTSD.
1 in 2 children who age out of foster care will develop a dependency on substance.
When a youth ages out of foster care without the support of a family, they can feel lost and overwhelmed and sometimes have no hope for a bright future. However, at I.M.P.A.C.T. Us Now, our mission is to change their stories. To help them to make positive and proactive actions and choices towards their future where they can thrive and be successful. Our goal is to give them love, hope, a sense of belonging and to empower them as they enter into the world of adulthood.
We want to teach youths how to access the resources to tend to their basic needs of food, housing, and clothing. To empower them where they can establish, build, and maintain a solid economic foundation for independence, and to teach them how to develop healthy relationships and grow their own safety network and support system.
Research shows that the outcomes for youth aging out of foster care is dire within four years. However, these outcomes are not due to the inability of foster youths to succeed as their peers, but due to the inability or the know how to have the support and accessibility to the resources that they will need to succeed.
I.M.P.A.C.T. Us Now, has a talented and passionate team from various backgrounds and the strong desire to help foster youth who are propelled into the world without any guidance, security or hope for a positive future. We strongly believe that healthy connections and appropriate support is the key to changing these lives, and your support can help us to make them achieve what they would have believed to be unattainable. PARTNER WITH US AND BE A PART OF THE CHANGE.
We have various programs to support youths transitioning out of foster care.