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Transition to Adulthood

Working with Youth to Develop a Transition Plan

Working with Youth to Develop a Transition Plan
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide from the Children’s Bureau outlines the federal legislative requirements of transition plans for child welfare professionals and other providers who work with youth aging out of foster care. It provides information about the planning process that includes breaking down long term goals into incremental goals that are specific and measurable. This guide discusses how caseworkers can partner with transitioning youth to develop a strength-based plan that supports their needs over time. It includes additional resources.

Accession number
25756
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Childrens Bureau

Series
Bulletin for Professionals
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/transitional_plan.pdf

The Economic Well-Being of Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Opportunity Passport Participant Survey Results Show Employment Helps Many Thrive

The Economic Well-Being of Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Opportunity Passport Participant Survey Results Show Employment Helps Many Thrive
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Jim Casey Initiative’s Opportunity Passport program is a matched-savings intervention to help improve the financial capabilities of young people as they transition from foster care to adulthood. This research brief presents key findings from the survey data of program participants since 2008. The employment data includes rates, full-time status, average hours worked per week, hourly wages, and training experiences. Results indicate that Opportunity Passport participants seem to be faring well in employment. A higher proportion of Opportunity Passport participants are employed compared with young people in the general population as well as 17- and 19-year old National Youth in Transition Database respondents. However, some participants lagged behind others in employment gains, including young parents and young people in group placements.The brief provides recommendations for how policymakers and service providers should use this information to more effectively support young people. 

Accession number
25653
Type new
Brief
Organization

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Series
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge on the Annie E. Casey website at: https://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-theeconomicwellbeingofyouth-201…

Supporting Young People Transitioning from Foster Care: Findings from a National Survey

Supporting Young People Transitioning from Foster Care: Findings from a National Survey
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

Prepared for the Better Housing Coalition and Children’s Society of Virginia, this report from Child Trends focuses on older youth transitioning from foster care using federal outcome data and findings from a policy scan and national survey on services targeted to this population. The authors present the information in six key services areas: post-secondary education, employment/career development, financial capability, affordable housing, health/ mental health care, and permanent relationships with supportive adults. They offer the following recommendations based on the areas of strength for Virginia: keep monitoring data to inform decision making, build strong relationships across the state, and connect with similarly situated states. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25773
Authors
Fryar, G., Jordan, E., DeVooght, K
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Child Trends

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Trends website at: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/supporting-young-people-transi…

Supporting Older Youth Beyond Age 18: Examining Data and Trends in Extended Foster Care

Supporting Older Youth Beyond Age 18: Examining Data and Trends in Extended Foster Care
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report looks at the relationship between extended foster care and young adult outcomes. The researchers analyzed data from three national datasets on foster care history, independent living services, and extended foster care. They found that extended foster care is associated with better young adult outcomes and receipt of independent youth services. Despite the low rates of utilization in many states, extended foster care appears to benefit young people as they transition to adulthood. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25757
Authors
Rosenberg, R., Abbott, S.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Child Trends

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Trends website at: https://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ExtendedFosterCa…

Strategies for Reducing Criminal and Juvenile Justice Involvement

Strategies for Reducing Criminal and Juvenile Justice Involvement
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Urban Institute published this brief as part of a series of policy recommendations from a project called Building Ladders of Opportunity for Young People in the Great Lakes. This brief describes how crime and justice involvement impact youth development and opportunity in general, and specifically in six Great Lakes states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The brief presents policies and practices that may help increase safety while reducing juvenile justice and criminal justice involvement and their negative effects on youth. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25642
Authors
Jannetta, J., Okeke, C.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Urban Institute

Series
Building Ladders of Opportunity for Young People in the Great Lakes States
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Urban Institute website at: https://www.urban.org/research/publication/strategies-reducing-criminal…

Strategies for Promoting Successful Transitions to Adulthood, Higher Education, and the Workforce

Strategies for Promoting Successful Transitions to Adulthood, Higher Education, and the Workforce
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Urban Institute published this brief as part of a series of policy recommendations from a project called Building Ladders of Opportunity for Young People in the Great Lakes. This brief explores why the transition to adulthood matters, the challenges transitioning youth face, and how this population predicts the future economic success of the region, which includes parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The brief offers effective and promising strategies that leverage funding and partnerships to support improved outcomes for Great Lakes youth. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25641
Authors
Spaulding, S.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Urban Institute

Series
Building Ladders of Opportunity for Young People in the Great Lakes States
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Urban Institute website at: https://www.urban.org/research/publication/strategies-promoting-success…

Resident Perspectives on Life in a Transitional Living Program for Homeless Young Adults

Resident Perspectives on Life in a Transitional Living Program for Homeless Young Adults
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article describes a study using a qualitative approach to explore the perceptions of homeless young adults about their experiences as residents of a transitional living program (TLP). The ages of the residents range from 18 to 22. The study asked the TLP residents about their expectations for themselves and others in the program and their perception of the TLP rules and structure. The results show the participants value hard work, self-discipline, and positive attitudes. However, they feel the TLP rules are often excessive and inflexible. The authors conclude that these programs should ensure the rules do not interfere with the healthy development and successful transition among the residents.

Accession number
25774
Authors
Curry, S.R., Petering, R.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

Volume new
34
Year published new
2017
Availability

Article available with a journal subscription: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10560-017-0488-2

Older Youth Need Support Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood

Older Youth Need Support Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This fact sheet from Child Trends uses infographics to show the experiences of older youth in foster care since the inception of the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act in 1999. It also provides a brief overview of outcomes associated with participation in extended foster care and a policy timeline that highlights child welfare policies involving older youth. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25768
Authors
Rosenberg, R., Abbott, S., Sepulveda, K.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Child Trends

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Trends website at: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/fact-sheet-older-youth-need-su…

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

Fostering Youth Transitions: Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice Decisions
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

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.

Accession number
25654
Type new
Brief
Organization

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Series
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available free of charge on the Annie E. Casey Foundation website at: https://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-fosteringyouthtransitions-2018…

Foster Care Transition Toolkit

Foster Care Transition Toolkit
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Education developed this toolkit to help youth currently in foster care and young adults formerly in foster care access the information and resources they need to begin their transition to youth adulthood. It is also a resource for caring and supportive adults, such as kinship guardians, foster and adoptive parents, guardians ad litem and court appointed special advocates, social workers, and educators. The toolkit helps youth prepare to make decisions independently, advocate for personal needs, manage financial or health issues, and secure housing and transportation. It also discusses how the transition planning process can support youth by providing information about educational opportunities, employment services, mentoring and continuing support programs, housing options, and health insurance.

Accession number
25602
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

U.S. Department of Education

Year published new
2016