This report identifies 24 policy and practice recommendations for lawmakers to consider as they work to improve the lives of youth moving through and out of foster care. It is a product of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.
Policy suggestions to help youth in foster care excel in school.
Ways to support economic success among foster care alumni.
How to help older youth find safe, affordable housing.
Ideas for empowering youth to shape their own futures.
Policymakers should consider implementing the National Youth Transition Database to help assess how youth are faring after exiting foster care and guide future policy decisions.
One way that lawmakers can help foster care youth and alumni stay in school is to offer tuition waivers through age 24 to college students who’ve exited care.
Another policy recommendation: Mandate that youth leaving foster care have key personal documents such as their birth certificate and Social Security card in hand.