I could quote many stats on how poorly foster children end up to show how serious this issue is. By age 24: 25% have been homeless, 6% have a college degree, only 50% have gainful employment, and 60% of young men have criminal convictions. That’s right, a young man coming out of foster care is 10x as likely to be a criminal as a 2-year college graduate.
Yet, 80% of 16-year-olds aren’t adopted, leaving them to end up in these statistics.
However, in the case of my friend we have a foster child who beat the curve. She lives on her own and attends college, yet still comes home to visit. Even though never legally adopted, she feels family most with this couple. She had bounced around in foster care for a bit when she was young. However, eventually, she stayed with this family for a few years and found her family.
Read more by Fr. Matthew Schneider, LC via Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate – Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand