As youth age out of out-of-home care, receiving guidance and support when facing life's challenges can help prepare them for self-sufficiency. Use the following resources to learn more about the areas in which youth may need support as they transition to adulthood.
- Community connections and supportive relationships
- Identity formation
- Life skills
- Mental health
- Youth with disabilities
Back on Track: Supporting Youth Reentry From Out-of-Home Placement to the Community (PDF - 337 KB)
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition, Youth Reentry Task Force (2009)
Outlines the concept of reentry services in theory and practice and explores characteristics of reentry youth, collateral consequences associated with out-of-home placement, outcomes of reentry programs, and principles for effective youth reentry programs.
Building a Future Together: Issues and Outcomes for Transition-Aged Youth (PDF - 452 KB)
Reid & Dudding (2006)
Outlines eight areas where youth in foster care need support to ensure a smoother transition to adulthood.
Foster Care Transitions
National League of Cities, Institute for Youth Education & Families
Provides tools and resources for city leaders about youth in foster care who are making the transition to independent adulthood and how to work with local agencies to connect youth to vital education, employment, housing, and health services.
NAPCWA's Youth Aging Out Survey Results
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2009)
Captures information related to youth residing in and aging out of the public child welfare system so that States can access and utilize model programs and practices that have been implemented in other States. The survey issue areas include housing, education, transition to adult programs, family/permanency connections, youth with disabilities, medical health, aftercare networks, youth leadership/advisory boards, driver's licenses, insurance, creative partnerships, creative funding, and employment.
The Transition to Adulthood: How States Can Support Older Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 2,539 KB)
NGA Center for Best Practices (2010)
Highlights effective State strategies and promising approaches aimed at improving outcomes for foster youth in education, employment, housing, health care, and relationships.
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