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.   

April 19, 2011

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    About the Fostering Connections law.

  2. 2

    The benefits of extending foster care beyond 18.

  3. 3

    Characteristics of effective extended foster care services.

  4. 4

    How to develop programming that aids older foster care youth.

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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