Young adults leaving the foster child care system often experience hardships that many of their peers do not have to address. Some of these former foster children become victims of homelessness, higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and disproportionate rates of incarceration. Nationally, only about 50 percent of these young people earn a high school diploma and less than two percent of this cohort pursues higher education in either the two-year or four-year sectors.
Due to a myriad of systematic problems and social conditions, the minds of these young adults become limited to the vast opportunities that could be available to them. They often receive narrow exposure to the skills they will need to explore opportunities and pursue a better quality of life. Thus, their aspirations are not being fully developed through a lack of proper guidance and or mentorship.
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St-Fleur, Trisha, "Open Minds" (2012). Big iDeas 2012 Proposals. 7.