“For most of us,” writes Gracie Bond Staples, “the transition to adulthood is a gradual process. Not only do we still get to enjoy the emotional support of parents and other family m embers, we can count on their financial backing as well and well past the age of 18.”
But what happens when kids without family support are sent out into the world and expected to function as full-fledged adults? In this article, Staples tells us about a program in Atlanta that is working to help fill in this support gap for kids aging out of foster care. What can we do to improve outcomes for the 20,000 kids aging out of the system each year?