Supporting Youth in Transition to Adulthood

Lessons Learned from Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice


This paper takes a hard look at how America’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems are faring—and where they are failing—in helping at-risk youth successfully transition to adulthood. 

April 4, 2009

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TIme for Reform: Aging Out and On Their Own

More Teens Leaving Foster Care Without A Permanent Family


This report gives a background of foster care issues in need of reform from the kids’ perspective while outlining what policy reforms make sense.

May 28, 2007

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The Opportunity Passport

Building Assets for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care


This report shares select statistics and stories from the Opportunity Passport’s first five years. Readers will learn how the program — developed by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative — is connecting young people with essential financial opportunities as they transition from foster care.   

June 5, 2009

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In Their Best Interest: Placing Kids in Families From the Start

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Research shows that families are essential to a child’s healthy development. Additionally, federal law requires that children removed from their homes are placed in the least restrictive setting possible — the setting most like a family. Yet a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report found that 4 out of 10 children in group placements had no reason warrenting such a restrictive setting.

May 19, 2015

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Transition Planning with Adolescents

A Review of Principles and Practices Across Systems


This paper addresses the need for improved transition planning with adolescents getting ready to leave foster care and strike out on their own. Its focus is not on the event, but the physical, emotional, developmental and psychological process the youth encounters and how agencies can help. 

June 26, 2010

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Social Capital: Issue Brief #2

Building Quality Networks for Young People in Foster Care


This brief discusses the meaning of social capital and how it affects the growth and development of kids in foster care. It’s part of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative issue brief series for youth engagement. 

May 28, 2012

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