However, the Department Department of Human Resources, National Conference of State Legislatures gives official documentation that approximately 26,000 youth who leave the foster care system or age out at the age of 18 have many issues meeting the basic needs. the site found out that these youth lack health care education employment housing and emotional support. many states appear to have laws that states these youth are to receive services called independent living to help them transition into adult however there is an increasing number of states that will let the youth remain or they are able to return to the foster care system after the age of 18.