Aging Out of Foster Care in America

Infographic

This two-page infographic highlights the steep consequences of stopping foster care at 18 and offers a promising solution: extend high-quality, developmentally-appropriate services to age 21. It is a product of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative aimed at forging a better path for youth who are exiting foster care and entering adulthood. 

April 19, 2013

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Too Many Kids in U.S. Child Welfare Systems Not Living in Families

News Release

On any given night, about 57,000 children under the care of our nation’s child welfare systems are going to bed without the care and comfort of a family. In its latest KIDS COUNT policy report, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, the Foundation highlights this and other sobering statistics that point to the urgent need to ensure, through sound policies and proven practices, that everything possible is being done to find loving, nurturing and supported families to help raise more of these children.

May 19, 2015

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A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

Relational Permanence Among Young Adults with Foster Care Backgrounds

Report

This study explores the stories and support systems of 29 individuals who recently exited foster care. Readers will learn how these participants feel about family, what their adult relationships look like and what supports they want, and need, as they navigate life after foster care.       

April 23, 2008

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Extending Foster Care to Age 21

Weighing the Costs to Government Against the Benefits to Youth

Brief

This report offers policymakers a clear and compelling case for supporting foster care youth beyond age 18. It analyzes the outcomes of former foster care kids in 3 states to estimate the costs — and lifelong benefits — of extending the foster care finish line in America. 

June 21, 2009

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A Guide to Support the Implementation of Foster Care Beyond 18

Questions and Answers, Summary of Federal Fostering Connections Guidance and Perspectives from the Field

Report

This guide arms policy and program leaders with clear answers, advice and resources on implementing extended foster care in their state. It is a product of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative aimed at forging a better path for young people who are transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

March 1, 2014

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Authentic Youth Engagement

Youth-Adult Partnerships

Brief

This issue brief outlines how child welfare agencies can support both strong youth-adult partnerships and authentic youth engagement. The end goal is simple: Help young people in foster care become meaningfully invested — and connected — as they move toward adulthood.   This publication is a product of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.      

April 29, 2012

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Enduring Assets

The Financial Lives of Young People Transitioning from Foster Care

Report

This report examines the financials habits, perspectives, struggles and success of Opportunity Passport program participants. Developed by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Opportunity Passport aims to offer critical financial practice and guidance to youth who are transitioning out of foster care.  

May 4, 2012

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National Youth in Transition Database

Lessons Learned from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Report

The National Youth Transition Database (NYTD) allows for states to learn how to improve outcomes for youth exiting foster care. This document — a pep-talk packaged in a publication — shares lessons learned from implementing a similar tool called the Opportunity Passport Participant Survey. 

October 4, 2010

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The Affordable Care Act

Implications for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Brief

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, youth transitioning out of foster care can now receive Medicaid coverage up to age 26. This brief highlights the policy change and shares seven ways that states and agencies can work to improve both health insurance access and health outcomes among recent foster care alums.

May 4, 2013

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