Did You Know?
The sobering reality of "aging out"


California leads the country with the number of children in the child welfare system, with 55,000 children in care. That’s one in seven children statewide. Annually, about 4,000 of these youth officially “age out” when they reach 18-20 years of age. Without any support, former foster youth face a troubled future:

  • 25% are incarcerated within 2 years.
  • Only 25% are consistently employed.
  • More than 50% have no earnings in 4 years.
  • 65% leave foster care with no place to live.

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy (WIP) specifically supports Sacramento-area teens aging out of the foster care system. By providing financial support for individual teens, and overall case management support work. WIP members help teens prepare for a successful transition to adulthood. Currently, 90% of foster youth participants are earning credits toward matched savings accounts to help prepare them for emancipation.

To learn more about how you can help change a former foster youth’s path to adulthood, click here.

*Data provided by the Child Abuse Prevention Center, a United Way funded partner.