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: