It’s no secret that kids placed in Washington’s foster care system often struggle later in life.
Statewide, fewer than half of children in foster care graduate from high school. Former foster children are more likely to end up in jail or homeless, and their rates of college attendance are in the single digits.
“There’s a lot of research now to support this fact that kids who go through foster care tend to end up with lifelong consequences,” said Nadine Van Stone, the vice president of crisis response and shelters at Catholic Charities.
After years of work, Empire Health Foundation believes it’s found a solution: keep those kids from entering foster care in the first place.
The foundation is partnering with Catholic Charities to open a new program called Rising Strong,…