01/29/2013 03:58 pm ET

Congresswoman: We Need To Do Better For Our Nation's Foster Youth

Fifty percent of the nation’s more than 400,000 foster kids won’t graduate from high school under the current system and nearly 94 percent of those who do make it through high school do not finish college.

This leaves foster youth disproportionately susceptible to higher rates of unemployment, early parenthood, long-term dependence on public assistance and increased rates of incarceration and homelessness. Many also fall victim to human trafficking rings and are forced to endure further physical and emotional abuses.


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