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Empowerment

The Voice of Georgia’s Foster Youth

There are well over 500,000 children in foster care in the United States. In Georgia, there are 14,000 youth in custody and nearly 4,000 between the ages of 14-21. Each year in the U.S. approximately 20,000 youth in foster care reach the age of 18 and emancipate from the foster care system. In Georgia approximately 400 youth age out, many without the basic support, family network, community connections, jobs, housing, health insurance and other resources needed to become self-sufficient responsible adults.

Research shows that nationally approximately:

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  • 46% of emancipating youth lack a high school diploma
  • 25% have been homeless
  • 35% have been diagnosed with emotional problems and
  • 42% have become teen parent

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