Across the Nation
- 415,000 in US Foster Care
- 108,000 waiting to be adopted
- 25,000 foster youth age out of system every year, many without family or community connections
- 4,374 kids in foster care
- 653 kids waiting to be adopted
Covington Region (which includes all Florida Parishes)
- 843 Kids in foster care in the Covington Region
- There are only 214 certified foster families
- Only 44 foster homes available
- Of the 44 open homes, only 11 can take in more than 1 child
Here in St Tammany
- St. Tammany Parish has the 2nd highest number of kids in the foster care system (per capita, 1st) in the region, according to Covington Regional DCFS as of December 2017.
1 in 5 foster youth will become homeless after aging out.
51% of children exiting foster care will be unemployed within the first year.
40% of girls exiting foster care will become pregnant within the first year.
80% of domestic human trafficking victims were once in the foster care system.
Only 30% of children who grow up in foster care will graduate high school.