Supporting Transition-Aged Foster Youth.
California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP).
Published: December 2015
California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP)
Tel: 855-304-1647 (Toll-free)
This brief explains roughly 4,000 foster youth ages 18-21 leave California’s foster care system each year, and that most struggle to secure and maintain housing, transportation, employment, and health care. Information is provided on the trauma and mental health challenges faced by foster youth, as well as educational challenges and their lack of employment prospects. Recently passed California laws designed to support transition-aged youth (TAY) exiting the foster care system are then reviewed and key strategies that can be used to assist TAY are recommended. These highlighted strategies include: increasing access to programs and services, providing comprehensive support services, building supportive relationships, developing partnerships that enhance resource availability, and improving the evaluation of programs and services. Specific services that should be provided in each of these areas are described. 19 references.
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living skills; independent living; state laws; community partnerships; program evaluation; community based services; California