Young people age out of foster care when they have reached the maximum age the state will support them in the foster system. In some states, aging out occurs at 18, while in others it is 21. This happens when states have failed to reunite the youth with their families or to place them in permanent adoptive homes.
What is Aging Out?
This interview with Dr. John DeGarmo provides an overview of aging out. The video is about 24 minutes long and is packed with great information. He answers questions about what aging out of foster care means, why youth end up aging out of care, the challenges they face when they age out, three key things that can be done to help prepare the youth for independence, and different ways people who want to help can help.