Join us for an engaging discussion on the need to create more foster homes for teens. Panelists will include foster care youth, adoptive parents, and school administration. Through their discussion they will share the lessons, challenges and rewards of their foster experiences.
Why Foster Care? Why Teens?
Our teenagers are resilient. While raising any teenager can be hard, teenagers can also be fun, loving, creative, and are learning so much about who they want to be! Teenagers in foster care benefit from the support of community homes and families as they navigate the foster care system. Here are a few facts:
- Children do better in family environments:
- Youth placed with a foster family have higher educational outcomes, including higher test scores in basic English and math, than those in group homes.
- Youth in foster families are more likely to stay in school and graduate high school.
- 95% of the children in group homes are teens.
- Foster care disproportionally impacts children of color, and especially Black teens:
- Black children are disproportionately represented in foster care at a rate of 3.02 times than their percentage of the general population.
- Black males in particular are overrepresented at an even higher rate in group homes.
- Only 10% of foster homes in Kent County identify as Black or African–American.
- Foster Parents benefit from a community of support:
- You don’t have to be a licensed foster parent to babysit, bring food, transport children to school, or be a mentor.