This report outlines how we can transform our foster care system—and effectively advance policies and practices—to help young adults who are transitioning out of foster care. More specifically: It calls for extending care options to age 21, offering youth developmentally-appropriate services and supports and engaging adolescents in forging their path to adulthood. 

This publication is a product of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative that aims to give young people in foster care better opportunities to succeed in family, work and life.

May 23, 2013

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    An overview of the national Success Beyond 18 campaign.

  2. 2

    The campaign’s main policy and practice goals.

  3. 3

    Facts on brain development in emerging adulthood.

  4. 4

    What case planning should look like for young people in foster care.

Key Takeaway

Introducing a blueprint for improving the lives of adolescents and young adults in foster care

This report outlines clear ways that the Success Beyond 18 campaign goals — once realized — will help change foster care for the better. One improvement it predicts? An uptick in the number of young people who leave foster care to permanent families before they turn 18.          

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