Hundreds of teens each year age out of the state's foster care program, including 221 of them in 2012. These are children who were placed in state care and were never adopted.
To help with their transition from being a foster child to an independent adult, there is the Arkansas Youth Advisory Board, made up of 19 teenagers. In August, the group held a youth conference in Hot Springs for more than 200 children in foster care. The teens taught a variety of workshops, covering topics such as budgeting finances and applying for college. The purpose of this conference is to help the kids who are figuring out their life plans without the help of a family to guide them.
THV 11's Dawn Scott talked with some of the teens involved in the YAB. They shared their stories of what led them to foster care - often involving parents' drug use or physical abuse. But while their stories all differ, they do have at least one thing in common: rather than focusing on the trials of their past, they are determined to focus on a successful future.
To hear their stories of being in foster care, never being adopted, and what they plan to do now, watch the video above.