Youth in Foster Care

According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), there are approximately 435,000 youth in foster care. Youth in foster care face a range of barriers to academic success. They are more likely to be suspended or expelled, experience higher rates of school absence, and typically change schools or move more frequently, which has been linked to negative educational outcomes due to attendance.

Only 55 % of youth in foster care had earned a high school diploma by age 19, and only about 3% earned a bachelor’s degree, compared to the national college completion rate of about 33%. Among young people aging out of foster care, unemployment rates are as high as 69% compared to only about 10% of young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in foster care.


For youth-focused resources geared towards youth with experiences in the juvenile-justice and foster-care systems, checkout AYPF’s Youth Council Microsite.


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  • August 10, 2022

    Access to Higher Education: Supports for Homeless and Foster Youth

    Rachelle discusses the need for supporting access to higher education for homeless and foster youth, and offers possible solutions.

  • AYPF Youth Summit, 1st Session August 3, the American Youth Policy Forum began hosting our Youth Summit, which was the first in a series of discussions focused…

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    AYPF Youth Summit

    The AYPF Youth Summit, an engaging, interactive, and fun three-part virtual event that will amplify youth voices and celebrate the power of young people to cre…

  • July 8, 2022

    Make No Choice Without Youth Voice

    Kameryn discusses youth engagement--her experience, research on the topic, and AYPF's strategy.