Foster "Care"

On any given day, there are nearly 424,000 children in foster care in the United States.

This is me at age 4.

I'd enter the foster care system for the first time a year later.

The System

In 2019, over 672,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care. Black, LBGTQIA+ and youths with mental illnesses are disproportionately placed in foster care. Black youths are twice as likely to be placed in foster care as White youths. These youths often come from families living below the poverty line; poverty and all of the issues related to it increase the likelihood of substance use and homelessness.

Here are some terms associated with this harm:

  • White Supremacy

  • Homophobia

  • Racism

  • Transphobia

  • Systemic Racism

When a child becomes too old to remain in foster care at age 18, or in some cases 21, they “age out” of the system without permanent families, housing, or necessary resources to live on their own. Transitioning between foster care homes often leads to an increased likelihood of institutionalization. Foster youth are often subjected to disproportionate discipline and criminalization, pushing many young people into the “foster care-to-prison pipeline”.

80 percent of the prison population has been in foster care.

Kids At Home

There are several reasons why the foster care system remains the way it does. The terms listed above along with associated beliefs can be found in almost every policy, bill or law regarding ch