Can’t Wait Any Longer: Young People in Foster Care Need a Better Path Forward
CAA staff, Beth Rosenberg and Meghan Arrigo, traveled to Washington D.C. on May 6th to help launch Success Beyond 18, a national campaign to create a better path for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.
A new report from the Success Beyond 18 Campaign found that for every young person who ages out of foster care and does not succeed, the social costs incurred as a result (through lost wages, public assistance and jail time) equal $300,000 over that young person’s lifetime. In Arizona, this potential financial impact would be greater than $217 million per year.
Last year in Arizona alone, just under 725 young people left foster care after turning age 18. Children’s Action Alliance is working, in partnership with Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the national Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Initiative, to ensure that no young person leaves foster care without a supportive family and opportunities they need to help them succeed in work, school, and life. We’re excited to be part of the Success Beyond 18 campaign to help Arizona make this goal a reality.