Youth in foster care face several challenges as they approach adulthood and begin to prepare for self-sufficiency and living on their own. While all youth may struggle to achieve self-reliance, youth in out-of-home care may face additional obstacles and benefit from additional support. The following resources provide information on how to support young people and help them transition to adulthood and live independently.
Caseworkers and others supporting youth in transition can find resources on programs, emerging practices, support services, and information about extended foster care.
If you are a young person preparing for the transition out of foster care, find resources on education, employment, finances, housing, and more. You can also ask your caseworker to walk you through information on life skills, funding to support a successful transition to adulthood, and housing assistance.
For caseworkers and others working with youth in transition:
- Emerging practices
- Providing support services for youth
- Extending out-of-home care for youth past age 18
For youth transitioning to adulthood:
Casey Family Programs
Provides an array of services for children and youth in foster care, including services that help youth make a successful transition to adulthood.
Older Youth Housing, Financial Literacy and Other Supports
National Conference of State Legislatures (2020)
Reviews efforts by States to address issues that affect older youth in foster care as they transition to adulthood, including housing and education assistance.
Transitioning and Aging Out
Supports efforts to build the skills required to live independently and provides resources for youth aged 16 to 24 who are experiencing challenges as they transition to adulthood.