Sticking Together In Kinship Care Saved Us

Demontae and Tray

"The opportunity we had in foster care was sticking together. If we had been separated, I don't know where we would be. With our 10 other siblings, they were still on the streets, getting pregnant and experiencing drivebys. Our uncle really took us under his wing. He showed us the importance of what good foster parents and mentors and guardians do–they're consistent, persistent and they care. That's what made us stronger." - Demontae and Tray

While approximately 46% of foster youth live in non-relative homes, about 29% live in foster homes with relatives. This is often known as “kinship care.” Demontae and Tray are twin brothers and 2 of 12 siblings, who were raised in the foster care system. They managed to successfully make it through the system with the help of a great aunt and uncle who taught them some important life lessons. Watch this incredibly inspiring and moving piece from The Storyboard Project.

Learn More About the Resources Available for Transitional Age Youth (TAY)

Each year, roughly 4,000 TAY ages 18-21, like Demontae and Tray, leave California’s foster care system and strive to achieve self-sufficiency. Foster youth leave home on average eight years earlier than non-foster youth, yet receive only one-fifth the financial support. Most struggle to secure and maintain housing, transportation, employment and healthcare. Today there are many resources available for TAY and ways in which you can volunteer to help. Visit our Get Involved page to find out more.

Why Not You?

It only takes one caring adult to make a difference in the life of a foster youth. Find out how you can get involved at ToFosterChange.org.

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