03/17/2004 - A child in California is abused or neglected every four minutes, according to the Children's Defense Fund. As a result, California is home to approximately 20 percent of America's foster children.
When youth leave the foster-care system, typically around age 18, they are often ill prepared for what follows. More than 50 percent are unemployed, and almost 33 percent become homeless, according to the Child Welfare League of America. And a 1998 study by the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin found that about 20 percent will be incarcerated within two years.
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