A little over two years ago, a group of L.A. based photographers and journalists joined together to create a project that would raise awareness and support for the young men and women of Los Angeles aging out of the foster care system, and the organizations that support them.
Over 4000 people age out in California each year, and make the transition from foster care to adulthood on their own, without a parent or supportive adult to help them navigate the way. The challenges they encounter are innumerable and not everyone will be successful. The heart-breaking truth is that within 2 to 4 years, 25% of these young people will be homeless, more than half unemployed, and as much as 20% in prison.
Eleven of these brave people have shared their stories with us for the book and exhibition, “Aging Out.” They are more than statistics, and they both need and deserve the help of their community.