Video: 9 Things to Know About Foster Youth

Brandon Weber
August 3, 2015

Foster care is a nightmare for some kids and their foster parents. For others, it's a blessing. Here are nine things to know about kids in foster care:

1. There are an estimated 400,000 kids in foster care right now.

2. Foster kids can suffer from PTSD at almost two times the rate of returning veterans.

3. The average age of a foster child is 9 years old.

4. About half of all foster kids are in non-relative foster homes.

5. Some of foster children experience multiple placements. In some cases, eight or more.

6. The average foster child remains in the system for almost two years before being reunited with their biological parents, adopted, aging out, or other outcomes.

7. In 2013, more than 23,000 young people aged out of foster care with no permanent family to end up with.

Read the full UpWorthy article for more facts and watch the short film, Removed, which takes viewers through the life of Zoe, a little girl who's been removed from her biological mother in what she describes as a tornado. 

Here are some organizations offering services for foster youth:

  • is a place to start if you're considering fostering or adopting.

  • My Stuff Bags is a really cool and inexpensive way to help foster kids by gifting them actual luggage, duffel bags, and more, so that they don't travel from home to home with garbage bags for their belongings — or nothing at all.

  • CASA for Children offers legal help and advocates for foster kids through a network of volunteers.oved and placed into foster care.