Our Challenge

Each year 1500 Texas youth leave the foster care system after they turn 18. Often without any support from family or friends, former foster youth are on their own to navigate independence and adulthood. 


Statistics show that by the age of 21 –

  • 40% will experience homelessness

  • 32% will have a child

  • 1 in 5 will be incarcerated

  • 1 in 4 will have been referred for substance abuse

  • Only 67% will have received their high school diploma or GED

  • 50% will be unemployed


These emancipated young people usually leave the foster system without support or resources and may quickly fall into tragic situations like homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, drug addiction, abusive relationships, human trafficking and pregnancy. 


Aged out foster youth are too often stuck in a life of poverty and risky behaviors that lead to repeating the generational cycle of abuse and neglect. 


With your help in the Brazos Valley, UP can turn these tragic consequences around for our community.