New York's Children's Aid Society Provides Solutions for Kids "Aging out" of Foster Care
The foster care system across the US is immense. The United States Department of Health & Human Services reports that nearly 800,000 children were served by foster care system services in 2007, (the last year statistics are available). What happens to these children when they "age out" of the foster care system is an ongoing concern. Many experience failure; a quarter of foster-care youth will be incarcerated and more than 20 percent will be homeless before age 25, according to statistics reported in 2007 by the public-policy group Pew Charitable Trusts.
Charles Loring Brace, founder of The Children’s Aid Society knew the value of a stable and nurturing family. Today, Children's Aid finds homes for more than 500 children each year. And for those who turn 18 in the foster care system in New York, thus “aging out”. The Children’s Aid Society in New York provides additional support so that youth do not lose ground from progress already made.
The Next Generation Center (NGC) is a one-stop center designed to meet the needs of young people transitioning to adulthood and self-sufficiency. NGC provides support, guidance, training and opportunities to young people ages 14 to 24, with a focus on youth in foster care and those who have aged out of foster care. It offers leadership and life skills training, job readiness, educational tutoring, legal and housing assistance, and many more services. Foster care remains one of The Children’s Aid Society in New York’s largest service divisions, and is among its highest priorities. To learn about becoming a foster parent, please visit here.