Aging Out of Foster Care in a Pandemic
COVID-19 Update from Women United
Many of us have been sheltering at home with our families, and many young people left foster care without permanent connections – don’t have traditional homes and families to stand with them during this unprecedented time.
The challenges of foster youth aging out of the system are compounded in the middle of a pandemic.
- Older foster youth rely on government grants and funding. Many are not making the current work requirements due to COVID – they now can’t qualify for their money needed to survive.
- Foster youth in college were sent home after their dorms closed. Where did they go?
Did you know that 28% of aged-out foster youth end up homeless even before the pandemic - what do we think the numbers are now?
This population is our most vulnerable during this pandemic. We need to be sure the advocacy and resources are there to protect them now.