- September 2013
- Vol. 14, No. 7
Success Beyond 18 Campaign
Each year, approximately 23,000 youth transition out of foster care without a permanent connection. These vulnerable youth are more likely than their peers to become homeless, drop out of school, become parents at a young age, or spend time in jail—outcomes that cost about $300,000 over each young person's lifetime. To create a better path for transitioning youth, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative launched the Success Beyond 18 campaign.
The national campaign aims to achieve three key policy and practice goals:
- Provide developmentally appropriate services and extend foster care to at least age 21.
- Ensure youth are engaged in decision-making so that they have a meaningful say in their futures.
- Increase quality oversight and accountability to support the unique and evolving needs of youth in care.
To help achieve these goals, the campaign offers the following tools and resources:
- A Public Service Announcement designed to raise awareness about what young people face when they transition out of foster care
- An infographic depicting the costs associated with the current path for young people who transition from foster care
- A campaign overview providing information about the campaign
- A list of frequently asked questions about the campaign and transitioning youth
- Other available resources include information on adolescent brain development, assets for youth, policy tools, and more.
More information is available on the Success Beyond 18 website: