Without a caring loving parent, the statistics about orphans indicate that they are at great risk to crime and homelessness. They don’t graduate from high school, or have the ability to attend or succeed in college. Many become teen parents, are under-employed, and lack the skills to build strong relationships and have their own healthy families. These kids are at risk to those who hustle sex for hire, traffickers, extremists and others who prey on the kid’s vulnerabilities.
Each year, 26,000 youth emancipate from foster care without family support, education and community relationships that help them make successful transitions to adulthood.
These young people experience very poor outcomes at a much higher rate than the general population. Orphan statistics show that:
- More than one in five will become homeless after age 18
- Only 58 percent will graduate high school by age 19 (compared to 87 percent of all 19-year-olds)
- 71 percent of young women are pregnant by 21, facing higher rates of unemployment, criminal conviction, public assistance, and involvement in the child welfare system
- At the age of 24, only half are employed
- Fewer than 3 percent will earn a college degree by age 25 (compared to 28 percent of all 25-year-olds)