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The Forgotten PodcastOct. 8, 2018

Foster Care and Higher Education: One Man’s Story of Beating the Odds

The statistics for youth who age out of foster care receiving a college degree are extremely disheartening—fewer than 5% finish a secondary education. Royce Markley beat the odds—as a child, he was in and out of foster care, eventually aging out of the system. His childhood was a roller coaster of emotions and situations, including times when his mom was doing what she needed to do to keep her kids to various foster care situations to several near adoptions, until an older couple offered him and his brother something they had never had before: stability. Royce’s story of frustration and […]

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Aging Out Youth, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJan. 5, 2018

Forgotten Friday | 5 Things that Happen to Kids Who Age Out of Foster Care

Behind each stat is a young person whose life was disrupted by abuse and neglect.The statistic is alarming. Approximately twenty-thousand older children age out of the US foster care system per year. This means that 20,000 young adults ages 18-21 enter into the world without the stability that families bring. While the statistic is hard to hear, the truth about what can happen to these young adults is even more difficult. Here are some facts of what happens to kids who age out of foster care 1) Twenty percent of youth who were in foster care will become instantly homeless […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJun. 19, 2017

CAFO’s Aging Out Initiative: Helping Teens Transition into Adulthood

Scott Brown, Coordinator of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Aging Out Initiative, gathers success stories of organizations that are helping aging out youth and are creating solutions. Approximately 24,000 youth age out of the foster care system every year, and about 70% of those young adults are falling through the cracks of making a successful transition into adulthood. God has a plan for every child, and the church is uniquely positioned to help. –Scott Brown How the Aging Out Initiative Came to Be Scott’s passion for youth transitioning into adulthood came to life in 2002 during a short-term mission trip to […]

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