This report is a practical playbook—packed with key recommendations and examples of real-world successes—aimed at guiding child welfare advocates to dig deeper, work smarter and think differently about serving the system’s older children and youth (loving, permanent families required)

January 1, 2005

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    The profile of older children stuck in the system.

  2. 2

    What barriers to permanency older foster children face.

  3. 3

    The evolving view on youth permanency.

  4. 4

    16 ways to improve youth permanency rates.

Key Takeaway

All children—and especially older children in foster care—need and deserve a loving family with no expiration date.

Each year, 20,000 youth age out of foster care with no one to care for them. Relatives are one of the most important sources of permanence for older foster children and youth.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations