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Coming of Age: Employment Outcomes for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care Through Their Middle Twenties

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation & Urban Institute, 2008. Studies of former foster youth who age out of care find that these youth generally experience high unemployment, unstable employment patterns, and earn very low incomes in the period between ages 18 and 21. This study examines whether foster youth catch up in their mid-twenties or continue to experience less employment and significantly lower earnings compared to youth nationally, as well as a comparison group of youth from low-income families.


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Coming of Age: Employment Outcomes for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care Through Their Middle Twenties