The National Foster Youth Institute says that very sadly, “more than 23,000 children will age out of the US foster care system every year.”
If that isn’t heartbreaking enough, wait until you hear the rest of the statistics they have to offer around foster kids that have aged out of the system.
“After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.”
“Only 1 out of every 2 foster kids who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24.”
“There is less than a 3% chance for children who have aged out of foster care to earn a college degree at any point in their life.”
“7 out of 10 girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 21.”
Facebook; pictured above is the La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas, Texas
While most children do age out of the system at 18, there isn’t one particular age that spells the end of foster care, and some kids can remain in the system up until the age of 21.
Well, one Texas cafe located in Dallas is mentoring and hiring foster kids that have aged out of the system in the hopes of keeping them off the streets.
The cafe is called La La Land Kind Cafe, and on their website, they say their business, “is a socially conscious cafe that prioritizes kindness, honest ingredients, and altruism above all else.”
24-year-old Francois Reihani is the owner of the cafe, and his mission is to help these at-risk former foster kids while teaching them valuable skills that they can take with them out into the world.
Ciara Moton is one former foster care kid who ran away at 20-years-old. She quickly found herself homeless and on the streets.
She told CBS, “It was mind-blowing to me because I didn’t think they would want me, you know.”
“I guess that it’s just the feeling of being in the foster care system… ”
“Always feeling like I’m just going to be a burden to someone you know like I’m not really meant to be anywhere, but they actually made me feel like I was meant to be here, and like a family, and they took me in.”
You can check out La La Land Kind Cafe here!
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