Aging out of foster care

If a Tree Falls Down...


If a Tree Falls Down…

Youth Voices Rising Writing Contest essay finalist Beza Woche writes about laws that target folks who experience homelessness.

Children Should Not Be Incarcerated


Failed by the Juvenile Justice and Foster Care Systems

Systems-impacted youth and foster youth deserve to have their needs met. They also deserve love, happiness, and joy, writes Spring Keosoupha.

End Aging Out of Foster Care


End Aging Out of Foster Care

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress provided a critical lifeline to youth in foster care, including a moratorium on aging out of care. These measures should be permanent, writes Alex Chivescu.

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Washington State Creates New Housing Grant for Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care

Lillie Thompson will age out of Washington’s foster care system just a few months after starting college classes, now moved online, at their dream school. Photo courtesy of Lillie Thompson
As a 20-year-old foster youth in a small town an hour outside Seattle, Lillie Thompson is doing all they can to make it on their own.

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New York Taps Family First Act Fund to Prevent Aging Out During Pandemic

For months since the eruption of the deadly coronavirus, youth and advocates have been imploring New York to allow young people in the foster care system to continue receiving financial and housing support beyond their 21st birthday.

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State Lawmakers Race the Clock to Prevent Hundreds of Foster Youth from Aging Out Alone

With dozens of foster youth reaching their 21st birthday each week and job prospects still bleak, state legislators in New York and California advocates have introduced bills that would preserve young people’s access to essential support throughout the public health and economic crisis.

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    ‘Once You Sign the Paper, It’s Over:’ Older Foster Youth Plead for Help from New York Governor 

    When she turned 21 last year, seven years after entering foster care in New York City, Jeanette Rivera suddenly found herself fending for herself — and her three young children.  “They didn’t wait to make sure that I was ready to be on my own, they didn’t make sure I had food, that my bills were paid or that I even understood how to pay my portion of my rent,” Rivera said.


    Foster Youth Show Extreme Optimism in Face of Seemingly Great Challenge

    By Anna Maier New research shows that California teenagers in foster care display a surprising optimism about their future, despite the many challenges they face. “In general young people [aging out of foster care] tend to be pretty optimistic, in that sense I don’t think they differ much from their peers,” said Mark Courtney, Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and director of the CalYOUTH study.