Adolescents face a range of developmental issues, and as teens approach adulthood, living independently becomes a significant goal. While youth with intact families may struggle to achieve self-reliance, youth in out-of-home care face formidable obstacles. The following resources provide information on helping adolescents transition to adulthood and live independently.
- Promising practices
- Support services for youth
- Resources for youth
- Extending out-of-home care for youth past age 18
Aging Out: Voices From Those in the Foster Care System [Video]
Los Angeles Times
Offers a video of interviews with more than a dozen youth from the Los Angeles area on the verge of being emancipated from foster care or who had recently aged out. In the video, the youth speak about their pasts and their dreams for the future.
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.
Spotlight on NYTD [Video]
National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) (2014)
Provides information regarding the history and purpose of the NYTD database, the first national data collection service for youth aging out of foster care.
Supporting Older Youth in Foster Care
National Conference of State Legislatures (2019)
Reviews efforts by states address issues that affect older foster youth as they transition to adulthood, including normalcy and education assistance.
Transitioning and Aging Out
Supports efforts to build the skills required to live independently and provides resources for youth aged 16-24 who are experiencing challenges as they transition to adulthood.
Working With Youth to Develop a Transition Plan
YMCA Connections Project [Video]
YMCA of San Diego (2014)
Describes the Connections Project, a federally funded program that addresses the well-being of youth who are transitioning out of foster care in San Diego through one-on-one coaching and wellness classes.