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Forty percent of all adolescents that age out of the foster care system end up homeless Scannapieco M Carrick K Painter K 2007 From the Orphan trains to the Childrens Bureau foster care has been a controversial and well researched topic in the United States The Orphan trains gave children the opportunity to be chosen by a family oftentimes to work but to be accepted into another home nonetheless Being placed into the Foster Care system is done so with the intention that in the future permanent placement can be established for the foster child however many cases have proved that the ongoing transition from home to home has left adolescents ill prepared for the adequate change into adulthoodChildren in foster care are at a high risk on many scales Not only have studies shown that adolescents growing up in foster care are behind in academics but their overall quality of life has shown less than peers growing up in permanent homes Research has indicated that issues with forming positive relationships having mental and physical health problems experiencing reduced educational information and being very dependent on others are some of the many risk factors that target those in the foster care system Atkinson 2008Foster care children are at a greater disadvantage of succeeding financially Poverty is a social problem for adolescents who age out of the foster care system because they are oftentimes deniedunaware of resources to get them to financial stability Forty percent of foster care adolescents who age out of the system become homeless Scannapieco M Connell-Carrick K Painter K 2007 Further the rate at which foster youth are dropping out of high school has sky rocketed Aging out unprepared has left the foster children unaware of what it takes to fend for oneself take care of ones personal needs causing studies to show that only 33 of aged out foster adolescents graduate from high school and from there 60 of
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