Research overwhelmingly points to struggle in adulthood for youth who have come of age in the child protective system. Homelessness, incarceration, PTSD, substance abuse and a continued cycle of poverty are the result of a childhood without the support of a familial unit. These young people could be the next generation of leaders, innovators and change-makers, but the fight to reach adulthood often proves too great to leave room for further achievement.
The challenge of rowing an ocean reflects the struggles faced by youth in care. Unable to see the destination, we row on. We batten the hatches to ride out a storm, unsure of how off course it may blow us. Through pain, tears, or trepidation, we continue to paddle, stroke by stroke; a self supported vessel across a vast and unforgiving ocean.