Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth

Outcomes at Age 26

Posted September 6, 2011
By Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
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This report, a product of the Midwest Study, analyzes how former foster care youth are faring at age 26. It reviews survey results on a wide range of issues — everything from employment records and academic experiences to family relationships and pregnancy rates. The final-page conclusion is both disquieting and clear: Foster care alum face an uphill battle throughout early adulthood, and we must do more to help these vulnerable youth succeed. 

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Key Takeaway

It’s time to take a hard look at the services and supports we are offering to youth in foster care

The Midwest Study examines how young adults are faring after exiting foster care. This report shares findings from the study’s 5th survey, conducted when most respondents were 26 years old. Its bare-bones conclusion? Young people are aging out of foster care without the knowledge and skills needed to make it on their own.