Current Events

Current Events

Aging Out Awareness

Aging Out is when children is foster care turn 18 and have to leave their foster home to get a job and house or in some cases, go to college without the necessary support. This happens a lot because most foster parents don’t want to or can’t adopt a teenager, they want a toddler or even young kid so that they can make memories and not have the kid make memories before them. According to Children's Rights, the average age of a kid when they are adopted is eight, but once they turn thirteen, they don’t have a big chance of getting adopted. The kids that don’t get adopted while they are in foster care have to leave once they turn 18 and don’t have guardians, and some don’t have any family at all to rely on in times of need. In 2016, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter proclaimed March ‘Aging Out Awareness Month’ and a group here in Idaho called JEMfriends hosted an event on March 1st at the Idaho Capitol steps, kicking off the third month of Aging Out Awareness in Idaho. JEMfriends are working on solutions to the 18 - 20 years olds who have aged out and are already homeless by helping them gain general skills and knowledge on housing, transportation, and help with the transition from foster home to moving out.