National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Fostering Youth Transitions: Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice Decisions

Published: November, 2018
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Annie E. Casey Foundation
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

This report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation draws on national and state-level data to illustrate the challenges of young people who are in the foster care system. Data indicate that half of older teens age out without reuniting or connecting with family, one-third move from home to foster care multiple times, half have multiple placements, one-third stay in group homes or institutions, and less than a quarter receive adequate transition services. This report is designed to show state policymakers and other key stakeholders the need for better policies and practices to help improve outcomes for young people in foster care.

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