transition to adulthood
On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System?
Describes the challenges faced by youth who moved from foster care to independence in cities across the country, and illustrates the need for family and informal support networks, preparation for household and financial management, and youth participation in planning.
Challenges in the Transition to Adulthood for Youth in Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, and Special Education
This policy brief examines how youth in foster care, the juvenile justice system, and special education fare over time given the special challenges they face, paying particular attention to the effectiveness of programs designed to support these youth during their transition.
Connected by 25: Improving the Life Chances of the Country’s Most Vulnerable 14-24 Year Olds
This paper argues that a greater number of youth are disconnected from family, education and employment support, which is affecting their stability as adults. Research shows the need, authors argue, for a revolution in how we think about older children and young adults and an increase in support programs and initiatives.
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.