Children in foster care in California

Children under 5 in foster care0%

Children under 5 in foster care in San Diego0%


Different homes lived in before one year

All Foster Care Is Not Created Equal

Research shows that young people in foster care are far more likely to endure homelessness, poverty, compromised health, unemployment and incarceration after they leave the foster care system.

Earn a high school diploma0%

Earn a Bachelor’s degree or higher0%

Become parents too soon, exposing their children to a cycle of neglect and abuse0%

Are unemployed0%

Have no health insurance0%

Experience homelessness0%

Receive public assistance0%

Their Health Isn’t a Priority

Studies from the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics raise many concerns about children entering foster care with chronic health, developmental, and psychiatric disorders. More disturbing, however, is the evidence that their health is often neglected while in foster care.

The U.S. General Accounting Office found “young foster children do not receive adequate preventive health care while in placement, many significant problems go undetected, or, when diagnosed are not evaluated and treated.”

It is our responsibility to address the health care needs of this very high-risk group.