Florida Parishes and State of Louisiana
Statement of Need for Youths Aging out of the Foster Care System
According to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), there are approximately 20 youth statewide that age-out each year with no permanent connection to an adult or a support system.
For this number, we are identifying those that have absolutely no one that they are connected to, no person to call. These youths are indeed homeless and on their own to make their way in the world. They are the most vulnerable amongst us.
Within the Louisiana DCFS approximately 35-40 youths are aging-out across the state each quarter. This totals around 140-180 a year where some youths may have a permanent connection listed. What is not known is the depth and strength of their support connection. There will be multiple situations where there is not a truly viable, long-term supportive connection between an adult and the aged-out youth.
For the Covington Region (which encompasses all of the Florida Parishes), the current numbers available to project immediate need includes 17-year-old youths in current care that are projected to age-out. It is not known at this time how many of these youths will have a reliable support adult/s at the time they age-out.
Washington Parish 6
St. Tammany Parish 7
Tangipahoa Parish 7
Livingston Parish 11
These figures also do not reflect those youths that have recently turned 18 or aged-out within the last three years, who are still very vulnerable. There are ways to research the identity of those youths who are 18-21 that need assistance and support. As The Open Table program starts to roll out, this research and identification process will be undertaken.