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October 2007

Providing Better Opportunities for Older Children in the Child Welfare System

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(10):1006-1008. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.10.1006

Large numbers of older children reside and emancipate from foster care in the United States every year. In 2005, 28% of the 513 000 children in foster care were 11 to 15 years old, and another 21% were 16 years and older.1 Older youth in foster care face some of the same challenges as younger children, but often these challenges are intensified. For example, they may have experienced more extensive disruptions in living situations and schools. In this issue of the Archives, Kushel and colleagues2 review vital new data about health care access, functioning, and other challenges of children who have recently left the foster care system as young adults who became homeless.3,4