Findings From the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH): Conditions of Foster Youth at Age 19.
Courtney, Mark E. Okpych, Nathanael J. Charles, Pajarita. Mikell, Dominique. Stevenson, Brooke. Kindle, Brittani. Harty, Justin. Feng, Huiling.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60637
This report presents findings from the CalYOUTH Wave 2 Youth Survey. CalYOUTH (the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study) is an evaluation of the impact of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act on outcomes during foster youth’s transition to adulthood. CalYOUTH is following youth through age 21 using in-person interviews at ages 16–17, 19, and 21, and is being carried out over a 5-year period from 2012–17. Findings are reported from responses of the 611 study participants and indicate the diversity of the aspirations and interests of young adults in extended foster care. CalYOUTH participants varied widely in every area of functioning assessed, however, on average these young people are faring poorly compared to their age peers in terms of their educational experiences, employment history, physical and mental health, and involvement with the criminal justice system. The findings also indicate that in spite of often-troubled histories, including too-frequent experiences of maltreatment while in out-of-home care, they remain overwhelmingly optimistic about their future and have very high aspirations. The vast majority reports having supportive relationships with multiple adults and being generally satisfied with the support they receive. Finally, the vast majority of these young adults have chosen to take advantage of extended foster care, most are satisfied with the help they are receiving through extended care, and remaining in care is associated with a range of positive outcomes. 102 tables and numerous references.
foster adolescents; aging out; extended foster care; academic achievement; independent living skills; juvenile delinquency; youth services; well being; surveys; studies; California