Turning 18 is considered an exciting milestone for teens as they cross the threshold into adulthood, often with family and friends by their side.
But for an estimated 1,200 Texas teens aging out of foster care each year, their 18th birthday signifies the end of what little stability they may have as they are suddenly faced with making adult life decisions.
“The reality is that once these kids age out, turn 18 and graduate from high school, the child welfare system is done with them,” said Brady Cottle, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Love Looks Like This.
“And in many ways,” he continued, “the kids who are aging out are done with being raised institutionally.”
As a result, he said teens often choose not to participate in the Texas Department of Family Services extended foster care program.
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