The Vision

To provide support aging out of foster care. To provide these young adults with monthly grocery gift card, gas/uber/lyft gift cards after 10 hours of volunteer hours (5 hours per gift card a month- 1 food + 1 transportation) are completed at the Foster Pantry each month. To provide a community member to come along side and mentor in a desired career of the youths. To provide prom and graduation support. To provide support to those going away to college and into the military, such as storage for military and move in day assistance to those going to college. The hope is to take out as much of the “loneliness” feeling that can come with transitioning into adulthood out of Foster Care by offering support and placing people in place to be loving supportive mentors.

The Ugly Truth

aged out- when a child reaches 18 and has not achieved a permanent plan, they are released from the care of DSS. Basically, at 18 they’re treated as adults. So, they end up totally on their own.- LO, GAL

New Hanover County- 18 young adults will be aging out in 2019

Pender County- 4 young adults will be aging out in 2019

New Hanover County- 72 kids ages 13-17 in custody

New Hanover County- 20 youth ages 18-21 in our foster care 18-21 program

Pender County- 27 children are ages 12 and up

The Statistics We Are Fighting Against #NotOurKidsCapeFear

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.

The percentage of children who age out of the foster care system and still suffer from the direct effects of PTSD: 25%

1 out of every 2 kids who age out of the system will develop substance dependence.

Goal/Vision

  1. To provide youth with monthly assistance in the form of gift cards after volunteering at the Foster Pantry.
  2. To provide mentors for youth in desired career choice.
  3. To be an asset to the LINKS department, supply lunch for support meetings, helping locate housing, and coming in when their finances run short
  4. To connect military families to youth wanting to go and serve and provide a storage unit for them.
  5. To provide finances for new prom dresses/tuxes
  6. To provide finances for graduation photos
  7. Establish meaningful and lasting relationships with youth

Support This Program

Other Ways to Help this Program

Lyft/Uber Gift Cards

Grocery Gift Cards

Rooms or Apartments to Rent

Are you a local professional that can help either add support or service to our young adults? (i.e. mentor, volunteer opportunities, career shadowing, senior photos, prom support, cooking classes)

Purchase from our Amazon Wishlist and don’t forget to link our Amazon Smile account to it 🙂

Fund a drive to help gather specific materials and help us raise awareness/educate

Become a Monthly Donor

Questions? Email Emily at emily@fostepantry.com