The Adolescent Brain, Executive Summary

New Research and its Implications for Young People Transitioning from Foster Care, Executive Summary

By Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

January 1, 2011


Now, neuroscience reveals that the brain experiences of major development during adolescence that is comparable to early childhood. Young people in foster care often lack the supports needed to become healthy, connected and productive adults. Positive youth development services, opportunities and supports are essential in promoting healthy brain and social development in adolescence. 

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Key Takeaway

Adolescence and brain development

Adolescence is a period of “use it or lose it” in brain development. Foster care systems must learn how to "use it" if they are going to be successful in preparing children for adult life.

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