An Op-Ed piece in the New York Times was brought to my attention recently by Marshall, Michigan Family Lawyer Paula Alyward. The author, Daniel Bornstein explains that foster care for neglected and abused children is not working. It doesn't work for the children, it doesn't work for society.
As Bornstein writes, there were about 424,000 young people in foster care in the U.S. as of Sept. 30, 2009. About 30,000 of these children turn 18 (or 21 in some states) and “age out” of foster care every year. He asks, "What happens to them?" Bornstein cites a major study published in 2010 that demonstrates that the answer to that question is discouraging.