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July/August 2009Vol. 10, No. 6States' Strategies for Youth Aging Out of Care

The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) now provides a snapshot on its website showing how different States use programs and resources around youth in foster care or those aging out of the public child welfare system. NAPCWA surveyed child welfare directors and designated individuals across the States to collect data related to each State's model programs and practices. The synthesized results of the survey are available on the website organized by issue areas, including housing, education, family/permanency connections, disabilities, health, employment, and more.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • In most States, youth aging out of foster care are entitled to some financial assistance for housing-related costs.
  • There are a number of strategies to help youth locate and connect with family members.
  • A variety of State agencies are involved in partnerships with the goal of increasing opportunities for successful transitions to self-sufficiency.
  • State programs provide several employment options to youth and make efforts to assist them in obtaining employment.
  • Most States have programs to engage youth in leadership development.

Visit NAPCWA's Youth Aging Out Survey Results webpage: