Foster to Adult
Through no fault of their own, every year more than 20,000 young men and women turn 18 and age out of the foster care system.
Their prospects for a good life are slim. Look at some of the statistics:
Less than half were employed at age 23
More than two-thirds of the young women have children.
Nearly 60 percent of the males have been convicted of a crime.
Almost a quarter were homeless at some point after leaving foster care.
At Orphan World Relief we're working to create a holistic program to help these young men and women have a better chance for success in life including:
Career Support - with career counselors, help former foster kids learn how to apply for jobs, write resumes, keep a job and learn to grown into a career. We're partnering with local businesses willing to take a chance on hiring them while also creating opportunities - our hope is to open a coffee shop staffed by young men and women from the foster care system.
Life Skills - to help them succeed as adults, life skills, including: budgeting, banking, shopping, cooking...etc. are essential for a successful life as an adult.
Family Mentoring - by partnering with families in local churches, we hope to find some special families to help teach these young men and women what a family is supposed to be - while not perfect - will help them stop the cycle that put them into the system.
To learn more about the program's progress, contact Doug Riggle, Orphan World Relief President