Foster Children Education: The Heartbreaking Statistics

Foster children education will take a huge hit because of the instability, constant moving, and trauma a child has faced. According to this infographic only 50% of foster children will graduate high school. The stepping stone of an adult’s life is often graduating high school.

Perhaps more astounding is that just a little more than 2% of foster children will go on to higher education. Most foster children have financial aid from the government to attend a public university. However, if these foster children are unable to make it through high school, university assistance may not be the best use of government resources. It may be better to put efforts into finding forever families for these children.

There are a few things you can do to help these alarming numbers shrink. You could become a foster parent. If you’re able to tutor and mentor a foster child, that could change a child’s life. You can also help by sending care packages to foster children in need.

What we do as a community to help foster children succeed is a reflection of our values as a society. What do you think about these statistics?

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Crystal started in the adoption community as an intern for From there she became the content manager, and has recently moved to become a content specialist. Crystal has been touched by the hundreds of articles she's read and edited from all members of the adoption triad. In her free time she loves to spend too much time on Instagram, hike around Oregon, and hang out with her husband. Show her pictures of your puppies or share some salt and vinegar chips with her, and you've got a friend for life.

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