Future Savings

The Economic Potential of Successful Transitions From Foster Care to Adulthood

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 30, 2019


This report turns the lens on young people who age out of foster care and explores four areas — education, early parenthood, homelessness and incarceration — where they fare worse than their general population peers. Readers will learn the economic cost of this shortfall and see how targeted interventions can help these youth while also erasing billions of dollars in unnecessary costs.

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Key Takeaway

The economic case for change

Financial considerations drive policymaking. That’s why lawmakers must consider the economic impact of young people aging out of care and failing to keep pace with their general population peers: about $4.1 billion for each new group of youth aging out of foster care.

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