State and Local Examples: Outcomes for Emancipated Youth
Findings from State and local program studies about outcomes for youth who have emancipated from, or aged out of, out-of-home care.
18 and Out: Life After Foster Care in Massachusetts (PDF - 383 KB)
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (2005)
Describes the challenges faced by children who age out of foster care; offers strategies to ensure that fewer children grow up in State custody and that no child ages out without a lifelong family connection; and makes specific recommendations to address these issues.
The Economic Self-Sufficiency of Wisconsin's Former Foster Youth
Children and Youth Services Review, 27(10), 2005
Utilized administrative data from former foster youth in Wisconsin to measure three indicators of self-sufficiency: employment, earnings, and public assistance receipt.
Foster Youth Transition to Independence Study: Final Report (PDF - 132 KB)
Brandford & English (2004)
Presents findings from a study of Washington State youth 6 to 12 months after emancipation to determine outcomes for education, housing, employment, risk behaviors (including arrest), and social support.
Foster Youth Transitions to Adulthood: A Longitudinal View of Youth Leaving Care
Courtney, Piliavin, Grogan-Kaylor, & Nesmith
Child Welfare, 80(6), 2001
Utilized study data that tracked the experiences of young adults who left care in Wisconsin in 1995 and 1996 to examine the outcomes for the youth during the first 12 to 18 months after leaving care and the impact of services, such as those funded by the Independent Living Initiative, on their success.
How Does Michigan Fare in the Fight to Improve Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care?: A Response From the State and One of its Communities (PDF - 1540 KB)
Day & Watson
Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, 11(1), 2007
Presents Michigan's outcomes for children aging out of the foster care system and discusses 21 initiatives approved in 2006 for the State to implement to improve outcomes.
Youth Outcomes at Exit From Long-Term Family Foster Care
Wolf, Downs, White, & Pecora (2000)
Examined the short-term effects of the Casey Family Wilderness Work Program on adolescent participants and nonparticipants living in long-term foster care.
Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project: Final Report
Describes a Children's Bureau grant project in California to inform social workers about the needs and perspectives of adolescents preparing for independent living., Includes an evaluation and recommendations for next steps.