California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH): Responses from Youth at Age 19.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership.
Published: May 2016
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
1313 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
This report presents the findings of a study that investigated the impact of extended foster care on youth outcomes in California. The CalYOUTH study is a fiv –year (2012-17) ongoing study that explores whether extending foster care past age 18 influences youth outcomes during the transition to adulthood, factors that influence the types of support youth receive during the transition to adulthood in the context of extended foster care, and how living arrangements and other services that result from extending foster care influence the relationship between extending care and youth outcomes. The study is collecting and analyzing data from transition-age youth and child welfare workers providing services to foster youth, and analyzing government program data. Interviews are conducted with the same youth at ages 17, 19 and 21. This CalYOUTH Wave 2 Youth Survey reports the responses of 611 youth at age 19. Findings indicate: youth who stayed in care reported better outcomes; participants were diverse in their demographic characteristics and their needs pertaining to the transition to adulthood; only about half of the youth said the independent living services they received prepared them “well” or “very well” to live on their own; many participants reported feeling overwhelmingly optimistic about their future and having access to adults to provide support; and more than 70% of youth were enrolled in school and/or employed at the time of the interview.
foster adolescents; aging out; extended foster care; academic achievement; independent living skills; juvenile delinquency; youth services; well being; surveys; studies; California