Transitioning to adulthood is where we lose a good number of them who, up to that time, might have had a fair chance to break the negative patterns and make a good life for themselves. However, before they have any opportunity, all the daily concerns of living come crushing down on them. They are sorely unprepared, under-resourced, and quickly discouraged. They go back to the only family they know for the only support they can find and they get sucked into the old destructive influences and dysfunctional behaviors all over again.
I encourage you to befriend and mentor these young people. Be family to them. Fill the gap, be the difference in their lives when they need you most.
Take Away: We fail too many of the children who grow up in the system at the critical time they are leaving it.