Success Beyond 18: A Better Path for Young People Transitioning From Foster Care to Adulthood.
Success Beyond 18 White Paper.
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.
Published: May 2013
This report explains that young people in foster care typically lack the benefits that parents provide to their children throughout adolescence and young adulthood, and when they approach the age of 18 without permanent, committed families, they suddenly face the prospect of being on their own. It then profiles the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative's Success Beyond 18 program, a national campaign to advance policies and practices designed to set young people transitioning from foster care on the right track for success in family, work, and adult life. The overarching objective of the program is to give young people in foster care the same building blocks for success in life and positive experiences that are more often associated with their peers in intact families. The three goals of the program are explained and include: extend care for young people beyond age 18 to at least 21 and do it right by ensuring services and supports are offered based on the unique developmental tasks of this life stage and their legal status as adults; fully promote youth engagement in case planning and decision-making for all young people in foster care age 14 and older; and provide quality oversight that ensures that developmentally appropriate supports and services lead to positive life outcomes for all young people in foster care, beginning no later than age 14 and continuing through extended voluntary care to at least age 21. Specific steps State agencies and courts can take to reach each of these goals are listed. 1 table and numerous references.
aging out; foster adolescents; young adults; extended foster care; youth engagement; independent living skills; case plans; program descriptions; child welfare reform