National Academies: Adolescent Science Should Transform Systems

Youth-serving systems from education to child welfare are ill-equipped to support adolescents for success as adults, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Annie E. Casey Foundation and seven other partners supported the report, which highlights an extensive body of research on adolescent brain development.

August 2, 2019

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New Mexico Legislature Extends Foster Care to Age 21

Every year in New Mexico, nearly 200 youth — many lacking a stable home or strong support system — transition out of foster care. NMCAN Youth Leaders know this story all too well. They’ve lived it. And now, they've helped ensure that others following in their path will have a better option.

April 18, 2019

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For Youth in Foster Care, the Road to Driving is a Bumpy Ride

Learning to drive is an exciting and nearly essential milestone for young people today. Yet, for youth exiting foster care, this rite of passage is often littered with obstacles — from DMV fees to costly automobile insurance rates. A new report identifies common challenges that young people in foster care face and recommends policy moves that states can make to help these youth get behind the wheel.

February 26, 2019

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