Louisiana Ties New Extended Care Program to Evidence-Based Service for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
In 2018, Louisiana was among the handful of states with no offer of foster care support beyond age 18 for youth who became adults in the system. Since then, the state has moved quickly through incremental steps toward extended foster care, and is now poised to begin a robust expansion to age 21 that will tie older youth to specially-trained case managers stationed around the state.
$200 Million Venture to Help Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Hits New York, Pittsburgh
The Tennessee-based Youth Villages, one of the largest nonprofits in the country, has awarded New York City and Pittsburgh major funding to implement a promising support program for young adults who have recently left foster care.
Foster Care to Age 21 May Reach 25th State This Week
The Ohio legislature passed House Bill 50 last week, which would extend foster care until the age of 21 for teens who wanted extra time. Alaska may do the same this week.
How Foster Care Support Can Boost Mental Health When Life-Skills Classes Are Not Enough
By Darian Woods New research suggests that supporting foster youths’ transition to adulthood is important to protect against mental illness. Help navigating the administration of life, such as how to buy health insurance, balance a checkbook or prepare for a job interview may be associated with stronger mental health decades later.
Leveraging the Power of Caring Adults in the Lives of Foster Youth: How Relationships Can Change Lives
By Johanna Greeson A bleak portrait continues to emerge for youth who age out of foster care without connections to caring adults and with inadequate independent living skills. The field of child welfare has yet to develop an effective response to this problem.
Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth, Conditions of Youth Preparing to leave State Care in Illinois
The study follows the progress of foster youth in the participating states through age 21 who reached the age of 17 years old while in out-of-home care and who had been in care for at least one year prior to their seventeenth birthday.
Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth, Outcomes at Age 23 and 24
The Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth (hereafter referred to as the “Midwest Study”) is a prospective study that was designed, in part, to provide a comprehensive picture of how foster youth as they transition to adulthood since the John Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 became law.