Fostering Youth Transitions: Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice Decisions.
Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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Published: November 2018
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This report highlights a new report that compiles State-by-State data designed to show State policymakers and other key stakeholders how young people are faring as they move from foster care to adulthood. Findings illustrate the need for better policies and practices to give young people in foster care the opportunity to have brighter futures. The State profiles in “Fostering Youth Transitions” also include information on whether and how young people are accessing available resources, which can help leaders determine whether changes need to be made to ensure greater awareness of and accessibility to resources such as extended foster care. The data raise three areas of particular concern about the relationships, resources, and opportunities youth in foster care need to become successful adults: in 2016, half of teens aged 16 and older who exited foster care were emancipated, which means they left care without being successfully reunified with their family or connected to another family through adoption or legal guardianship; only about one-quarter of 18-year-olds remain in foster care until their 19th birthdays, partly the result of States maintaining policies that do not allow or encourage young people to extend their time in foster care; and by age 21, young people who experienced foster care reported significantly lower rates of high school completion and employment than all young people in the general population. The report closes with a detailed description of the datasets and measures used in the data analysis. 10 references. (Author abstract modified)
foster adolescents; independent living skills; outcomes; evidence based practice; extended foster care; education; aging out