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In 2012, 23,396 youth aged out of the U.S. foster care system without the emotional and financial support necessary to succeed. Nearly 40% had been homeless or couch surfed, nearly 60% of young men had been convicted of a crime, and only 48% were employed. 75% of women and 33% of men receive government benefits to meet basic needs. 50% of all youth who aged out were involved in substance use and 17% of the females were pregnant.
Source: AFCARS Report, No. 20, Jim Casey Youth
Nearly 25% of youth aging out did not have a high school diploma or GED, and a mere 6% had finished a two- or four-year degree after aging out of foster care. One study shows 70% of all youth in foster care have the desire to attend college.
Source: Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth
As of 2012, more than 58,000 children in the U.S. foster care system were placed in institutions or group homes, not in traditional foster homes. Source: AFCARS Report, No. 20
originally posted by: Doodle19815
a reply to: whyamIhere
But, do we not already have enough orphans in America?
Who pays to feed and insure these immigrants? If you are going to take on the older ones, there could also be a language barrier. I love all children, but we need to take care of our own first.
originally posted by: corvuscorrax
From a humanitarian stand-point yes I agree.
The repercussions are far reaching however. Labor is cheaper now than it has been in a long time and we have a constant flood of unskilled labor constantly heading across the border leaving those of us citizens who are unskilled with very little options. This is just one facet of a many sided issue.
originally posted by: seagull
I'd raise one, too.
originally posted by: FlyersFan
We can't afford it. Who is going to pay for it?
As much as I'd like to see the children taken in, we don't have the $$$ because it's being spent on IGNORANT things like Obama sending $500 million to Syrian rebels. And once the kids are here, the next thing you know 10 of their family members will be on the border demanding to come in the country to be with their American kid.
Send them back. Their own countries have to deal with it. We can't.
Two cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed among immigrants caught in the Rio Grande Valley.
Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council #3307 Chris Cabrera confirmed the cases late Saturday morning. Cabera told Action 4 News that one case was confirmed at the Brownsville Border Patrol Station and another at the Fort Brown Border Patrol station, also located in Brownsville.
Cabera said both cases involve juveniles and both were confirmed on Friday by medical personnel located at both facilities.
He added that an estimated 120 people are being isolated at the two stations because they were exposed to the juveniles. Medical teams are stationed inside the detention centers to screen for lice, scabies and chicken pox but not everyone gets medical clearance. “If someone is released and they are symptomatic, it could spread rapidly” said Caberera. This week, Action 4 News was the first to tell you about a confirmed case of H1N1 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
originally posted by: GreenMtnBoys
a reply to: whyamIhere
You're wrong on SO MANY levels I wont even waste time entertaining your unrealisiic and completely ludicrious opinion. Nations have borders for a reason. We have culture and language for a reaosn. If you want these children to come here ILLEGALLY then you are more than welcome to have them live with you in your home expending your own resources. America was built by the blood, sweat, and tears of people that came before us. Everyone acts like America just rose up out of nothing on its own. EVERY country and EVERY peoples in the world has the opportunity to have their own revolution and rise up and embrace constitutional republicanism.
We can't even educate and feed our own children and own people. And you want to start letting the third world send their poverty sticken children into our country? Maybe you should denounce your citizenship as an America and go move!!!!!!!
Sorry I have my own damn kids to raise and take care of I don't need to import that third world into my SOVEREIGN country. Unforutnately there are more and more Americans that think like you, and its scary. America will never survive an onslaught of third world immigrants coming from a completely different culture.
originally posted by: whyamIhere
If we could adopt them to wealthier families and give tax credits.
Maybe, we could help some of these kids.