By Draven Godwin, Juvenile Forensic Psychologist
Foster youth often experience a myriad of challenges, from the time they enter foster care to when they’re aging out and beyond. As a result, they need access to constant health benefits, services, programs, resources, tools and advocates who can support their health and well-being needs.
- Common health challenges while living in foster care include behavioral problems, lack of self-esteem, depression and apathy.
- Victims of child abuse and neglect are 42% more likely to be abused and neglected again later in life as children, teens or adults.
- Teen girls in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by age 19.
- 45% experience emotional or behavioral problems while in foster care.
What is well-being?
What necessitates a child being placed into enter the foster care system?
What are some negative factors that can impact a foster youth's well-being during their time in foster care?
What do experts say about the overall well-being of foster youth today?
How do foster youth view their own well-being?
What percentage of foster youth in Southern California today are experiencing challenges which affect their well-being?
What is the well-being of foster youth leaving the foster care system?
Can early childhood trauma affect a youth’s well-being later on as a young adult or adult?
What are some health outcomes of foster youth who have faced trauma, in comparison non-foster youth?
What is The Fostering Connections to Success Act?
What is the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
What is The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act on the well-being of foster youth?
What is the Adoption and Safe Families Act?
What is being done today to improve the well-being of foster youth?
A Personal Perspective on Well-Being:
Facing independent living as a transitional age youth can be rough. Q emancipated herself from the Los Angeles foster care system at 18, and was homeless for 2 years before she got help and eventually a job from Hathaway-Sycamores. “I work for a nonprofit helping youth become independent adults, because I was once in their shoes.”Read Q’s story