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About the children and youth in foster care
In the United States, it is estimated that over 400,000 children are in the foster care system at any given time. In Texas alone, that number is over 50,000 and many of the children and youth in foster care experience multiple placements during their time in care.
Of the thousands of children and youth in the foster system, about 50 percent live in non-relative foster homes, 30 percent are in kinship care (relative foster homes), 8 percent are in institutions, 6 percent are in group homes and about 5 percent are in “other” placements or are homeless.
Nationwide, nearly 10 percent of youth in foster care “Age Out” or “Emancipate” when they turn 18 (or 21 in some cases). Aging Out and Emancipation are defined as a youth reaching the age of 18 or 21 without finding permanency, such as being adopted or being reunified with biological family.
The importance of mentoring youth in foster care
It has been demonstrated that as little as one positive relationship with a supportive adult can greatly impact a foster youth’s resilience and ability to overcome adversity, even when faced with trauma from the foster care experience.
It is undebatable that youth in foster care and those aging out of foster care need support. Being a mentor is one important way that you can impact the life of a foster youth.
The effectiveness of mentoring youth in foster care
Mentoring can provide life-changing results to foster youth and young adults as they move from childhood to adulthood. The impacts seen from mentoring include positive impacts on mental health, educational achievements, peer relationships, placement outcomes and overall satisfaction in life even in the face of adversity.
Considerations for mentoring youth in foster care who are preparing to age out
Mentoring activities that promote goal setting, self-determination and empowerment based around the youth’s dreams and goals is an effective approach. This approach is especially effective as youth approach emancipation age by strengthening goal attainment skills and empowering them to take an active role in the outcome of their future.