Outreach Is Key On New Medicaid Guarantees for Aged-Out Foster Youth
“Don’t take me to the hospital. Don’t take me to the hospital!” That’s all Joel Urzua could think about when the police officer asked if he needed medical assistance. Uruza had just been rear-ended hard by a drunk driver on a Los Angeles freeway.
Improving Family Foster Care: Findings from the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study
Relatively few studies before the “Northwest” series had examined how youth formerly in care (“alumni”) fared as adults, but this study reveals the difficulty youth face in mental health, employment and education upon exiting the foster care system.
Extending Transitional Services to Former Foster Children
This article describes what a private agency spent money on while addressing the transitional needs of former long-term foster youth, and examines the association between expenditures and adult outcomes. Not all young adults accepted supports extended to them; in the sample, 41 percent of the young adults incurred expenses after age 19.
Outcomes for Young Adults Who Experienced Foster Care
Highlights the role of extending support during the critical transition through young adulthood by providing a brief review of adult outcome literature and discussing the results from a follow-up study of foster children for whom reunification was not planned.
Promoting Youth Development and Independent Living Services for Youth in Foster Care
Discusses efforts to promote a positive youth development approach in foster care, and the disappointing outcomes and barriers experienced by young people leaving the foster care system between the ages of 18 and 21.