This issue of AdvoCasey outlines the many challenges of serving foster youth in transition. It also highlights ambitious campaigns that are unfolding across the country — in places like San Antonio, Cincinnati and Los Angeles County, California — that aim to forge better options and a better path forward for these young people in need. 

AdvoCasey is a seasonal newsletter with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

September 22, 2001


In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    Four must-watch models for serving foster care youth in transition.

  2. 2

    Ideas on fixing New Jersey’s independent living services for youth exiting care.

  3. 3

    Q & A with the director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

  4. 4

    An overview of Los Angeles County’s Bridges to Independence program.

Key Takeaway

A national survey asked how teens were faring after leaving foster care — and its findings are sobering

In 1991, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a survey analyzing the success of teens after exiting foster care. The study found that only about half of these youth had completed high school, a little less than half had jobs and 25% had experienced homelessness after exiting care. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations