“Bridging the Gap”
In most states, a student can age out of foster care at age 16, 17, or 18, regardless of whether he or she has graduated from high school or is ready to transition into adult living.
Theby Nebraska Appleseed notes that more than 300 students have aged out of the state’s foster system each year for the last five years, and little more than a third of those received help from the state’s transition program. The group argues that transition programs for students should ensure coordination among housing, financial, and academic supports for these students.
A version of this article appeared in the November 15, 2012 edition of Education Week as Foster Children