Aftercare Serves Record Number of Former Foster Youth in SFY 2016.
Youth Policy Institute of Iowa.
Published: August 2016
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This brief shares data collected by the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa that reports a record 836 young adults in 90 counties were served by the Iowa Aftercare Services Network (IASN) in State Fiscal Year 2016. This is a 10% increase from the previous year when 760 young people were served, and the first year since the program began in 2002 that more than 800 young people participated. Of young people served in SFY 2016, 318 accessed Aftercare services for the first time, also a record, even as the number of youth aging out of foster care at age 18 has declined over the last several years. It is explained Aftercare provides guidance, support, and a financial cushion for young people who age-out of foster care or other court- ordered placements as they transition to adulthood, and that since SFY 2015, the eligible population has included young people who age-out of Iowa’s State Training School (STS) and detention centers. It is also noted that average monthly participation in Aftercare services has also increased each of the last two years from 427 in SFY 2014 to 500 participants a month in SFY 2016, a 17% increase over the two years.
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