40+ Educational, Community, & Mental Health Resources for Foster Youth

On any given day in the US, somewhere around 438,000 children are in the foster care system according to data from the US Children’s Bureau. Navigating the foster care system is challenging for any young person, and it’s especially difficult for the nearly 25,000 youths who age out of the system annually. If you’re currently in care, facing aging out, or navigating the world after the foster care system, you might be wondering if there are mental health, educational, and community resources for foster youth that can help you find stability and work towards your goals.And, unfortunately, outcomes for youth who are or have been in the foster care system are significantly worse than their non-foster peers. According to the National Foster Youth Institute, only around half of youths in the system complete high school, while a mere three percent graduate from a four-year college compared with one-third of the general population. Likewise, foster youth often exper...