There are over 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, over 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.
They 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% 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.
With your help, we can provide foster children with the little things that often make a big difference — school supplies and sports shoes, properly fitting clothing, or a gift during the holidays.