Creating Access to Opportunities for Youth in Transition from Foster Care.
AYPF Policy Brief.
American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF).
Copyright: Available from Distributor
Published: December 2014
American Youth Policy Forum
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In this issue brief, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) documents challenges and opportunities for youth in foster care when they turn 18. Information is provided on federal policies that have become more responsive to the needs of youth in transition from foster care and how States are taking advantage of them, State variations in services to youth transitioning out of foster care. The brief then reviews areas of need in three distinct yet overlapping areas of need: sustainable social capital, permanency supports, and postsecondary opportunities. For each area of need, the challenges youth face are identified and promising programs and policies that are in place to help foster youth transition from foster care to a healthy, successful adult life are described. The brief concludes with recommendations for policymakers that include: increase investments in education and training opportunities and in financial education and capacity for foster youth; highlight the existing range of postsecondary options, ensure systems coordination, develop professional capacity, engage youth in decision-making, and change the conversation to shift from “transitioning out of foster care” to “transitioning to opportunities”. Appendices include a chart illustrates federal and State requirements around youths’ eligibility for extended foster care services. 55 references.
foster care alumni; foster adolescents; outcomes; aging out; independent living skills; job training; employment; health insurance; State laws; child welfare reform