21,000 young people age out of foster care every year in the US, and 97% of them end up in chronic poverty or become homeless, incarcerated, trafficked, or worse. That is why, in 2014, we decided to change that reality. Our vision is that every homeless and former foster youth would thrive in life and impact their world from the safety of a healthy connection.
Who We Are
What We Do
We partner with churches to recruit Mentoring Families, and we train these families to be lifelong connections to young adults with no one.
We leverage live events, our merchandise, and social media to raise awareness among youth at large so that they can be ambassadors for the cause.
We empower youth to self-identify if they are in need or to identify friends in need and be agents of change in their communities.
What Is Aging Out?
The foster care system is intended to be a temporary way to care for a child until they either 1) reunite with their biological family/primary caretaker or 2) get adopted by a certified family. But only half are reunited with their families and only 25% are adopted. When youth aren’t placed into permanent homes, time ticks on and they are emancipated at 18. On average, more than 21,000 young people turn 18 and transition out of the foster care system through emancipation (aka age out) in the U.S. every single year.
Why It Matters
develop substance abuse.
of children born to aged-out women will go back into the foster care system.
Become homeless within 18 months of aging out.
Support the cause by donating, wearing our merch and following us on social media. When you purchase our products, 100% of the proceeds go to supporting vulnerable youth in need. If you wish to donate directly, click here.
JOIN OUR STREET TEAM
We love volunteers! Help us at our next DGA event. Talk to youth, work a booth with our team, and join us in helping our community learn more about this important issue. Click here to sign up. (Atlanta Metro Area Only)
BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE
If you know someone 18-24 who aged out of foster care or is otherwise homeless and without family, invite them to connect with us here.
Don’t Go Alone is a program run through Connections Homes, Inc.
2555 Northwinds Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30009