Why Foster Kids

There are more than 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system. Many have suffered the effects of poverty, neglect, and even abuse. Studies show that for many foster children, the challenges are just beginning.

  • Each year, more than 250,000 children enter the U.S. foster care system.
  • The majority of foster children have at least one chronic medical condition.
  • Foster children experience four times the emotional problems as their peers.
  • Foster children average three different placements, and nearly half do not return to live with their biological families.
  • Foster children repeat a school grade twice as often as other students.
  • Foster children score 15-20% below other kids on statewide tests.
  • 37% of foster youth drop out of high school, compared to 16% of the population.
  • At age 18, 61% of foster youth have no job experience.
  • Within 18 months of aging out of the system, up to 50% of foster youth become homeless

But it doesn't have to be that way. Mattress Firm Foster Kids, a program of the Ticket to Dream Foundation™, a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, is joining forces with local foster care non-profit partners and our communities in an effort to help foster kids beat the odds.

Mattress Firm believes that all children deserve a good night’s sleep. With your help, we can provide the little comforts like new pajamas or bedtime books and toys that help foster children get a good night’s sleep so they can have a better tomorrow.

With your support, we strive to help foster kids beat the odds. Learn more about our current collection effort or even create and host your own personal drive campaign today.