Supporting Young People Transitioning From Foster Care: Findings From a National Survey.
Fryar, Garet. Jordan, Elizabeth. DeVooght, Kerry.
Published: November 2017
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Drawing on data from a survey of Independent Living Coordinators in all 50 States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico in late 2015, this report discusses services and supports provided to young people ages 18 and older who are transitioning from foster care to adulthood. It highlights how each service area aligns with an area of need, State trends, examples of innovation and success in each major service area, and State variations. The report also identifies opportunities for improvement and growth in the supports provided to transition-age youth. Findings indicate: although foster care is almost always available in some form to youth over age 18, three quarters of States report that most young people leave foster care before the maximum age permitted; across every category, the service array is similar for youth ages 18 to 21 in foster care and those 18 to 21 who have left foster care; there is a steep drop off in available services and supports as soon as young people reach age 21, the age of legal majority in most States; partnerships with other agencies are a key part of supporting this population; many States are adopting evidence-based or evidence-informed programs or practices, but there is much room for growth; and housing was the area most commonly reported as being in need of improvement. The report concludes that while existing State services and supports are important to the well-being of transition-aged youth, much work remains to connect young people with the kinds of tangible and intangible supports that millions of families across the country provide to their adolescent and young adult children every day. 49 references.
foster adolescents; extended foster care; trend analysis; state programs; aging out; independent living skills; independent living; partnerships; interagency collaboration; evidence based practice; public housing; surveys