In 2013, in Williamson and Travis county:

  • There were approximately 1,300 children in the foster care system
  • Nearly 300 children were available for adoption
  • 65 children aged out of the foster care system to navigate life on their own

*Information from DFPS Foster Stats

Youth aging out of foster care with no stable family support are at a higher risk of homelessness, unwanted pregnancies, unemployment, criminal activity, being uneducated and living in poverty.  Upon aging out:

  • 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, half are unemployed
  • Fewer than 3 percent will earn a college degree by age 25 (compared to 28 percent of all 25 year olds
  • One in four will be involved in the justice system within two years of leaving the foster care system

*Information from Jim Casey Youth

 By volunteering as a mentor, you can be an integral part of changing these statistics for at-risk children, one life at a time.  Are you being called to give hope and a future to a precious child of God?