Findings From the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH): Conditions of Foster Youth at Age 17.
Courtney, Mark E. Charles, Pajarita. Okpych, Nathanael J. Napolitano, Laura. Halsted, Katherine.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.
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This report presents findings from the Baseline Youth Survey of the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH). CalYOUTH is an evaluation of the impact of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act on outcomes during the transition to adulthood for foster youth. CalYOUTH includes collection and analysis of information from transition-age youth, child welfare workers, and government program data. The study is being carried out over a 5-year period from 2012–17 and includes following youth through age 21 using in-person interviews at ages 16-17, 19, and 21. Findings indicate: CalYOUTH participants are diverse and varied widely in every area of functioning assessed; on average, the youth are faring poorly compared to their age peers in terms of their educational experiences, employment history, physical and mental health, and risky behaviors, and many became parents at an early age; in spite of their histories of trauma, the youth remain overwhelmingly optimistic about their future and have very high aspirations; the vast majority of youth report receiving advice and emotional and tangible support from multiple adults and most are close to and in regular contact with members of their family of origin; youth see the benefits of the care they have received to date from the government and wish to be able to continue to rely on government support as they make the transition to adulthood; and while nearly all CalYOUTH Baseline Youth Survey participants knew that they could remain in care past their 18th birthday, many were less certain of important details of the law that affect their ability to take advantage of extended care. 65 tables and numerous references.
foster adolescents; aging out; extended foster care; academic achievement; independent living skills; juvenile delinquency; youth services; well being; surveys; studies; California