Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative® is a systems-change effort that works at the local, state and national levels to advance policies and practices to most effectively meet the needs of young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

The Jim Casey Ini­tia­tive works to ensure that young peo­ple ages 1426 — who have spent at least one day in fos­ter care after their 14th birth­day — have equi­table access to the resources, rela­tion­ships and oppor­tu­ni­ties they need to achieve pos­i­tive well-being and suc­cess as they tran­si­tion into adult­hood. Learn about our part­ners.

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