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In This Report, You’ll Learn
Facts about Arizona’s foster care system.
Information about the youth interviewed for this report.
Key topics that emerged from the discussions with these youth.
Nine recommendations to better support youth exiting foster care.
This report aims to understand how Arizona’s foster care youth are faring during their transition to independent living. It shares feedback from current and former foster care youth across Arizona and outlines key findings and recommendations aimed at bolstering support and services for youth exiting care.
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Former foster youth sounded off on exiting care — and reveal there’s plenty of room for improvement
The young adults surveyed for this publication had experience navigating Arizona’s foster care system and reported facing a broad spectrum of issues during their transition to independence. Their feedback helped generate nine program and policy recommendations aimed at boosting support for youth exiting care. These recommendations include: enhancing training for involved adults, ensuring that children in foster care know their rights and increasing the Independent Living Subsidy rate.
Findings & Stats
Approximately 350 youth will leave Arizona’s foster care system annually to live on their own.
Budgeting and finances were the universal top concern of almost every kid transitioning out of foster care.
Room for Improvement
Arizona’s Department of Economic Security should pair each youth exiting care with a mentor and coach — and ensure that this match occurs at least one year prior to the youth’s 18th birthday.
Covering All Communications Bases
Youth exiting foster care need options — both digital and printed documents plus a toll-free telephone hotline — when it comes to learning about resources and transitioning.
Statements & Quotations
Changing the system to better support youth transitioning from foster care to independence is the responsibility of many.
Every child in foster care should know their rights and what to do if they feel their rights are being violated.
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