Aging out of foster care in Texas

So, what happens if you are almost 18, in foster care, not going to graduate from high school, and have no family willing to take you in? In Texas, kids “age out” of the foster care system at age 18, whether or not they have graduated from high school. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (“CPS”) has programs to assist, including extended foster care and supervised independent living. In order to participate in these programs, the youth must adhere to certain rules regarding school and/or work. The youth aging out of care are expected to make decisions about what to do and how to adhere to the rules without the advice or support of an adult with whom they have a lifelong connection. Not surprisingly many of them end up on the streets and homeless. I don’t believe that CPS needs better services to offer…I believe that these kids need meaningful relationships with adults who truly care and can help to guide them “aging out of care.”

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