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Learn the Facts

The Other Side of Fear seeks to start a public conversation about the problems, and benefits of, the American foster care system. Here are some startling facts that we have discovered in the process of researching for this film.

  • African-American children make up approximately two thirds of the foster care population and remain in care longer. Source

  • Two out of three children who enter foster care are reunited with their birth parents within two years. A significant number, however, can spend long periods of time in care awaiting adoption or other permanent arrangement. Source

  • Over 500,000 children in the U.S. currently reside in some form of foster care. Source

  • Every year, approximately 18,000 youth will emancipate — or "age-out"— from the foster care system when they reach age 18 or finish high school. Source

 

We've collected articles from around the web with some more astonishing statistics:

 

Psychotropic Meds in Foster Children: Click Here

The Cost of Aging Out: Click Here

Going from Foster Care to College: Click Here

Foster Care Education: Click Here

Family First approach to Foster Care: Click Here

More Facts about Aging Out: Click Here

Toxic Stress in Children: Click Here

Foster Youth Speak out: Click Here

 

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