Each year, nearly 4,000 Israeli young adults without family backing age out of the social welfare system and are forced into independence. Unfortunately, as they try to make it on their own, they have little to no resources to help them assume adult responsibilities. Most of these children have lived in out-of-home care arrangements (i.e. youth facilities, boarding schools and foster families) until the age of 18. They lose significant financial, educational and social support that government agencies and non-profits have provided.
Transitioning to independent adult life can be challenging even for those with a strong education and supportive family. Studies show that foster youth who age out of child welfare are more susceptible to living a life of poverty, abuse and homelessness. Their educational level is far below the general population leaving them unskilled, unemployed and at greater risk of illness. Being preoccupied with daily survival, this population often fails to realize their potential to become the independent and successful citizens they can be.