The Problem

On average 250 youth age out of the foster care system in Philadelphia annually. They are no longer eligible for support services, often with no family, no job, and no mentors to guide their way.

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*Statistics are only available for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.  M&E works with young people ages 18+ who have spent time in the foster care system.  It is our belief that the numbers are greater than the available data shows.  Youth who have spent time in foster care and do not age out of the system - due to reunification with their biological family, adoption or having run away - are often less connected to preventative services and resources.