In the United States, 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system each year. Many spend months or years in out-of-home placement during their childhood, and can be affected by the instability that it creates. Of those who leave foster care at 18, almost 40 percent become homeless at some point in their lives.
In order to help give these adolescents a chance at success, groups like Fill This House aim to collect useful household items that help make an apartment into a home. The most helpful donations to nonprofits like Fill This House include dish and drinking glass sets, cleaning supplies, cooking supplies, bedding, small countertop appliances, and personal hygiene items.
To learn more about how you can help adolescent foster children, and to see a comprehensive list of items needed for donation, visit www.fillthishouse.org.