Fostering Successful Youth Transitions in Pennsylvania: Laying the Groundwork for Positive Change.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. The Porch Light Project.
Published: January 2019
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
116 Pine Street, Suite 430
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Tel: 717-236-5680 800-257-2030
This fact sheet presents statistics on the outcomes of transition-aged foster adolescents in Pennsylvania. It notes: 8,639 youth, or 33% of Pennsylvania’s foster care population are Transition Age Youth; 25% of these youth have had two placement changes, and 42% have had three or more; 47% of Transition Age Youth are placed in group or institutional care, rather than family-based settings; 49% age out of care on their own rather than being reunified or connected with family; only 25% of young people in foster care on their 18th birthday will remain in care a year later, although having the right to remain in extended foster care; and at age 21, only 44% have full or part-time employment, 75% have obtained their GED or High School Diploma, as compared to 92% of their peers, and 63% have stable housing. Steps to improving the transition to adulthood for youth in foster care are then discussed and include making older youth permanency a priority by re-enacting extended permanency subsidies and ensuring Transition Age Youth are provided the supports and services they deserve.
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