Thousands of older teens in foster care are waiting for adoption across the United States. Their experience in foster care reflects great diversity and their paths to adulthood are varied.

Some find permanency through adoption or guardianship, while others age out of the system. Regardless of their path, they all have an important story to share, and their insights can inspire their peers and inform professionals on the unique challenges and opportunities that face older youth.

Visit to learn more about the importance of elevating youth voices and how to use their powerful insights to help shape the future of child welfare and adoption practice.