VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – How are young adults who have spent time in BC’s foster care system doing after they age out of the system?
A new report from the Ministry of Children and Family Development finds many are struggling after turning 19.
When they hit their 19th birthday, they lose the support they get from the government, including their social workers.
The report finds more than half of teens who had been in foster care and became legal adults between April and September 2013 went onto some kind of income or disability income assistance within six months of their birthdays.
Only about a quarter of kids who turned 19 between April 2012 and March 2013 received their high school diploma.
The report acknowledges that whether someone finishes high school is connected to that person’s well-being throughout the rest of their life.