The Struggles of the Aged-Out
Our nations foster care system has failed our children. There are too many children in and out of foster care, with too little experienced and caring social workers to properly oversee these cases. With new entries into the foster care system around the country each year, it has become commonplace to hear of understaffed agencies with an abundance overwhelmed case workers that can't do their jobs properly because of caseload. .
In 2008, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act was apporoved so that permited state agencies the option of raising the age out option from 18 to age 21. Although it is not known how many states have approved and adopted the act, there are many more entering into the system than those going out.
This is especially true for the older youth that may have been in the system for years, with some finding temporoary homes before being proceseed back into the system, while others never find adoptive parents by 18 and choose to emancipate themselves from foster care.