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Aging Out Research Paper

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Introduction and Definition of Foster Children Aging Out

“The term ‘aging out’ refers to children within a state’s foster care system who are still in the system upon reaching the age of majority or when they have graduated from high school” (Craft, 2017, Aging Out). Many of these children “have not found permanency with an adoptive family … or they have not been able to return to their biological parents” (Craft, 2017, Aging Out). A child typically ages out at 18 years, “but some states have extended services beyond this age because so many young adults are just not ready to be thrust out into the world on their own at such a young age” (Craft, 2017, Aging Out). If a foster parent chooses to continue parenting the foster child once they have aged out of the system, they are able to as long as the foster youth is okay with this. If an individual continues fostering a child, they will no longer receive money from the state. “Foster care is intended to be a temporary, safe living arrangement for children whose parents for some reason cannot adequately care for them. The
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While I was never within the foster system, four of my siblings were. In 2016 my foster sister aged out of the foster system. She was one of the lucky ones. The family she was living with wanted to continue housing her and being part of her family despite the fact that they were not going to adopt her. She was within the foster system for about four years and then she was considered to have “aged out.” The family she is living with fought for her after she was no longer within the system. They were able to extend her foster care until she turns 21. Her foster parents are still in her life and will be at least until she turns 21. Before this placement, she was terrified of what was going to happen once she reached the age of 18. She did not like the foster family she was living with and believed that they would kick her out once she turned
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