Support Services for Youth in Transition: Employment
Resources address ways to help transitioning youth receive appropriate job training, learn job application and interviewing skills, and maintain a rewarding career. Resources include State and local examples.
Connected by 25: Financing Entrepreneurship Programs for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (PDF - 461 KB)
Langford, Flynn-Khan, & Sherman (2007)
Discusses seven financing strategies to support entrepreneurship opportunities for youth currently in or transitioning from foster care, including information on funding sources, examples of how programs have used these resources, and considerations for implementation.
Connected by 25: Financing Workforce Development Programs for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (PDF - 509 KB)
Provides information on six financing strategies to support workforce development programs and services for youth currently in foster care or transitioning from the foster care system and encourages programs to explore and coordinate funding from multiple sources, including Federal, State, and local governments as well as private groups.
Economic Security and Youth in Transition (PDF - 76 KB)
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2010)
Discusses the need for youth in foster care to be prepared for the workforce and be financially stable to transition successfully from foster care to an adult environment. This brief also reviews State programs that are implementing Opportunity Passport, a program to increase opportunities for youth ages 14-24 through financial literacy, and assisting youth formerly in foster care to gain employment experience.
Negotiating the Curves Toward Employment: A Guide About Youth Involved in the Foster Care System
DiLorenzo & Hemrich (2007)
Encourages collaborative efforts among workforce development, child welfare, mental health, schools, and other community institutions to help youth successfully transition to adulthood and lead productive lives in the careers of their choice.
State and local examples
Career Development and Employment Preparation: A Policy Framework for California's Foster Youth (PDF - 391 KB)
Casey Family Programs, New Ways to Work, & Child and Family Policy Institute of California (2008)
Presents four policy papers developed for the Foster Youth Career Development and Employment Summit, held in California in 2008. The papers offer examples of innovation and specific policy recommendations to improve employment and career development outcomes for youth in foster care.
Cunningham Children's Home Supported Education and Employment for Older Youth in Care (PDF - 957 KB)
Ackerson, Finet, Kayama, & Sensoy (2007)
Uses client surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of vocational programming for youth in foster care served by a residential program in Illinois.
Employment Needs of Foster Youth in Illinois: Findings from the Midwest Study (PDF - 706 KB)
Dworsky & Havlicek (2010)
Describes what Illinois young people told researchers about their current and prior participation in the labor force, including work-related training or services they received. The study reports that although most youth interviewed had some work experience, they had difficulty staying employed, and most of those who were employed were not earning a living wage.
Supported Employment in Maine: Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 299 KB)
Sheehy, Gieseke, Herrick, & Zanghi (2006)
Focuses on factors that affect career preparation and work-based learning experiences for youth in foster care in Maine. The report includes policy recommendations for system stakeholders including social services, departments of labor, and providers of supported employment services.