You can’t age out of our system. Foster youth experience countless transitions and are often missing the "constant" in their lives. We aim to provide support through ongoing and consistent connections. We want to provide connections that last throughout foster care, reunification, adoption, or aging out of the system. “Aging out” is the process of a youth transitioning from the formal control of the foster care system towards independent living. When foster youth leave foster care, they often lose support systems and networks, including home, school, and financial support systems. In Maryland, children “age out” at 21 years old and face adulting head-on without the support they need. The statistics are dire. More than 23,000 kids age out of U.S. foster care each year (1). Without the support that comes from an adoptive family or permanency connection, these kids face really tough odds.
We all understand the value of having someone, that person you call when you have good news or need advice. We all need someone to reach out to, for support, for advice, for guidance, and to listen. The permanency connections we have in life are priceless and often get us through tough times and provide direction. Without having a person in their lives they can consistently count on, foster youth often miss out on or lack this valuable relationship. While they are in foster care, connections can be lost along the way as circumstances change. As an adult, we still need support, guidance, and connection.
We want to be your person throughout life transitions-without an end date.
You can't age out of our system.
1. National Foster Youth Institute