Kids to Love: Aging Out of the System

A tough reality of foster care: not every child will find a forever family.

Rod is quickly becoming one of the norms of children in foster care in Alabama. He’s aging out of the system.

“How is it to be 18 and in foster care?” Lee asks him.

“Not the best thing. I mean it’s got its benefits but sometimes you get the feeling like something’s holding you back you know don’t’ feel like other kids in school,” Rod answered.

Rodrick has grown up in the foster care system.

“Since I was 2, yeah 2,” Rod said.

For a while, he and his sister were placed together. That’s when we first met him, eight years ago, at a field trip to the McWane Center. We pushed to try to keep them together.. or… if it meant being placed, to place them apart….but none of the placements worked out.

“How many homes?”

“I can’t really count off the top of my, pretty good bit probably,” Rod answered.

Now, he’s a high school senior.

“But like I said, has its benefits to it stay in school,” Rod said.

Foster care might be the reason he stayed in school, and with social workers encouraging him, it might be how he stays there.

“So what are you going to do after this?” Lee asks.

“Trade school,” Rod answers.

For more information on adoption and foster care and the Kids to Love Foundation Scholarship Program click here.

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