Explain The Social Problem Of Children And Youth During The Foster Care System

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Explain the social problem
There are about 500,000 children and youth in the foster care system. Children are placed in foster care for a variety of reasons, including abuse, neglect, abandonment or exploitation. Life on the move for these kids, two-thirds moving seven or more times while in foster care, leaves them particularly ill-equipped for the transition to adulthood (Helping Children Aging out of Foster Care Prepare for Independence). “Every year more than 25,000 youth age out of the foster care system” (Jansson, 2014, p.62). “As youth in foster care mature into adulthood, they face enormous challenges, including lack of family support; educational deficiencies; employment and income problems; inadequate or inappropriate living arrangements; medical, dental, and mental health problems; and lack of health insurance” (Health Care of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, p. 1170). When these youths age out of foster care, they lack the skills to thrive on their own (Helping Children Aging Out of Foster Care Prepare for). These youths trying to survive without the skills and support system they need create multiple social problems. Four years after aging out of foster care, 25% of the kids have been homeless, less than half have graduated from high school, 42% are now parents and more than 80% are unable to support themselves (Helping Children Aging out of Foster Care Prepare for Independence). One has to wonder how this would effect a child’s mental health. According to…

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