Foster care graduates: independent, but not alone

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USA (Buckner/MNN) — The outlook for many foster youth after they turn 18 is rather grim.

According to a report by CNN earlier this year, 20% of foster care youth will be homeless once they age out of the system.

By age 24, only half will have any sort of job. Less than 3% will earn a college degree. The report says 71% of former foster care women will be pregnant by the age of 21, and 25% of foster care youth will suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder.

For the resources the United States has, this is incredibly disturbing.

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