Preparing for the Road Ahead

Helping Young People Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

August 16, 2016

Summary

Drawing on 15 years’ worth of Opportunity Passport™ participant survey data, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative reflects on its many successes and underscores its vision to help young people transitioning from foster care thrive in the areas of permanence, education, employment, financial capability, housing, physical and mental health and social capital.

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Key Takeaway

The Jim Casey Initiative is empowering young people in foster care by giving them a voice

The Jim Casey Initiative is transforming the discussion around young people in foster care, specifically those transitioning to adulthood without a connection to a permanent family. This once-invisible population is now often at the top of the national and state legislative agendas, and Jim Casey Initiative sites operate in 17 states, serving more than 3,000 young people in 2015 alone. Most importantly, these young people are crucial voices in the fight for the social, emotional, academic and physical well-being of youth in foster care around the country.

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