The Consequences of Poverty for Children and the Nation

Extended exposure to economic hardship can harm children’s development and have long-term negative consequences for individuals and families, but it also puts tremendous financial strain on all levels of government and weakens our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy. Providing all children with the opportunity to reach their full potential would strengthen the next generation and our country’s economic future.

March 11, 2014

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A Guide to Support the Implementation of Foster Care Beyond 18

Questions and Answers, Summary of Federal Fostering Connections Guidance and Perspectives from the Field

This guide arms policy and program leaders with clear answers, advice and resources on implementing extended foster care in their state. It is a product of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative aimed at forging a better path for young people who are transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

March 1, 2014

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Extending Foster Care Beyond 18: Housing Options for Young Adults

This brief spotlights housing options that states can consider as they plan to extend foster care beyond the age of 18. It is a product of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative aimed at forging a better path for young people who are transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

February 14, 2014

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Using Brain Science to Design New Pathways Out of Poverty

This report explains how to apply research about poverty's impact on the brain to social policies and programs aimed at moving families out of poverty to economic independence. Readers will learn about the impact of factors such as social bias, persistent poverty and trauma on brain development, and how persistent stress can impact a person’s cognitive skills and their ability to achieve economic independence.

January 24, 2014

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