Too many young adults across the country leave foster care each year without families and the opportunities they need to help them succeed. As a result, they are more likely than their peers to drop out of school, become parents before they are ready, experience homelessness, or end up in jail—costly consequences that affect us all.
We can’t wait to act, and we don’t have to. That is why the Annie E. Casey Foundation has joined the Success Beyond 18 campaign sponsored by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. The effort, launched on Capitol Hill in May 2013, aims to change the status quo and give young people in foster care better opportunities to succeed in family, work and life.
We know the field has made progress in supporting young people from foster care, and the time is right to create a better path. The campaign believes:
- Young people are not on their own at age 18
- Young people have a meaningful voice and say in thier future
- Greater accountability leads to more positive outcomes
Learn more about the Success Beyond 18 campaign to build a better path for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.