Opinion piece in San Jose Mercury News links homelessness with need to support youth transitioning out of foster care

Oct 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Media Coverage of TAY Issues

“So, what’s the typical outcome for those foster youth transitioning from adolescence to independent adulthood?

The data is horrific — 40 percent of persons living in homeless shelters are former foster children; 14 percent of youth reported being homeless at least once since leaving foster care; and 65 percent exit foster care without a place to live.

In addition to the threat of homelessness, more often they suffer from mental health and substance abuse problems and become involved in the adult prison system — 70 percent of San Quentin inmates grew up in foster care…”

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Source: Andre V. Chapman, San Jose Mercury News, October 18, 2011

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