Foster Care to 21: Doing it Right

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

April 19, 2011


This issue brief outlines critical questions and policy moves for states to consider when extending foster care to age 21. It champions comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate programs that offer youth the priceless opportunity to have more time, support and space to grow into successful adults.   

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Key Takeaway

Young people exiting foster care face significant challenges as they transition to adulthood

The research is clear: once young people leave foster care, they struggle. In fact, they fare far worse than their general population peers for nearly every major marker of adult success.

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