Brief

In America, too many youth are aging out of foster care and falling into homelessness. This brief analyzes what we’re getting wrong, and how we can fix our patchwork system of supports. Even more, it offers fresh ideas on how we can keep this vulnerable demographic off the streets and striding toward adulthood on solid, stable ground.  

June 13, 2014

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why youth in foster care are at risk for homelessness.

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    How our current service systems are failing these youth.

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    Why syncing service delivery systems is important.

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    Why it’s important to invest in strengthening families.

Key Takeaway

In evaluating youth who've exited foster care, there's both good and bad news to share

The bad news? Too many former foster care youth are winding up homeless. The good news? Conditions are ripe for change. States are utilizing the Fostering Connections Act, which provides federal matching funds to extend foster care eligibility to age 21. Equally important: Experts are rethinking child welfare and housing systems, which can open critical windows of opportunity for joint action and learning. 

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