This brief presents research findings from National Youth in Transition Database surveys comparing youth at age 17 and at age 19. It includes key comparisons by gender and foster care status.

December 10, 2014

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How the data were collected and analyzed.

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    How foster care alum are faring in the world.

  3. 3

    What helps kids transition into successful adults.

  4. 4

    How the cohort compares at age 17 and age 19.

Key Takeaway

Some kids need more help growing up

At age 17, over half of the reporting youth were attending school, had positive connections to at least one adult and were receiving Medicaid with no history of high-risk outcomes. At age 19, many of these positive indicators were still in play. Yet survey results suggest that boys with histories of incarceration, substance abuse or homelessness have more challenges as they age. The lesson? Continue supporting youth who may be vulnerable to risky behaviors as they move into adulthood. 

Reported Outcomes by Age and Gender

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations