Each year, approximately 26,000 young men and women between the ages of 16 and 18 leave the foster care system in the United States.
More than 700 of them live in Massachusetts.
Many of these young people aspire to attend and graduate from four-year residential colleges and universities. Many of them get into college, and the colleges they attend reap the benefits of having these students on their campuses. Successful students leave college with the potential to build a life and career they could otherwise only dream about. These young people want to be contributing members of their communities—not dependent on government assistance.