The statistics can be demoralizing to youth who grew up in the foster care system. The National Foster Youth Institute reports that 23,000 young adults emancipate out of foster care every year. Unfortunately, 20% of these vulnerable adults and former foster youth will instantly experience homelessness. Only 50% gain steady employment and less than 3% earn a college degree during any time in their lives.
I was in the foster care system for five and a half years before I aged out of the system, but I was blessed by a church and community that embodied James 1:27.