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May 2007Vol. 8, No. 4Helping Youth Transition Out of Foster Care

Most youth who age out of foster care do not receive adequate support and preparation for their transition to independent living. A new issue brief, State Policies to Help Youth Transition Out of Foster Care, looks at recent efforts by States to better support these youth by providing help in the areas of life skills, education, housing, employment, and more.

This report, prepared by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, provides an overview of State and Federal policies designed to support foster youth. The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, in particular, targeted the needs of transitioning youth. The report examines how States have used Federal funding streams to develop programs and policies to better assist youth, including:

  • Allowing youth to remain in care longer
  • Continuing permanency planning efforts to connect youth to relatives or other caring adults
  • Promoting educational attainment and career opportunities
  • Helping youth access health care and stable housing
  • Engaging youth in leadership development
  • Developing connections from the child welfare system to other youth-serving systems, such as workforce development and mental health

State Policies to Help Youth Transition Out of Foster Care is available on the NGA website: (229 - KB)