Resources address ways to help transitioning youth develop connections in their communities and sustain relationships with caring adults and peers.
Helping Youth Succeed as Adults: The Challenge of Aging Out (PDF - 1,331 KB)
The Connection, Spring 2008
Stresses the need to provide connections for youth and describes the California-based Family Connections program in which CASA volunteers are trained to locate close family friends, neighbors, and family members with the goal of creating a permanent connection for the youth they serve.
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Preventing Homelessness Through Relationships
Discusses what can be done to improve relational planning before youth in foster care exit the system and reduce the number of former foster youth who are homeless.
Overcoming System Failure to Help Youth Find and Sustain Positive Relationships
Fostering Perspectives: Views on Foster Care and Adoption in North Carolina, 13(1), 2008
Focuses on the lack of support for young adults aging out of foster care and emphasizes the need to build support networks. The article explains the need to provide youth with a personal support system of at least five caring adults in addition to professional relationships, and barriers to building support networks.
A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime: Relational Permanence Among Young Adults With Foster Care Backgrounds (PDF - 441 KB)
Explores the social support networks of youth aging out of the foster care system and examines how foster care might constrain or facilitate supportive relationships into adulthood.
Safe Passage: How Philanthropy Is Working Together to Help All of America's Youth Connect by Age 25 (PDF - 827 KB)
Youth Transition Funders Group (2006)
Discusses ways to invest in initiatives that help connect and support youth in transition in three key areas: education, the courts, and foster care.
Tapping the Inner Circle: Supporting Youth in Transition (PDF- 217 KB)
ABA Child Law Practice, 27(3), 2008
Explores the social support networks among 29 youth formerly in foster care who participated in Opportunity Passport, an Independent Living program provided through the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. The findings indicate that adults play a key role in the transition to early adulthood and that transitioning youth have support needs that directly relate to the loss of their biological parent and family support system.
Young People Need Families: Practice Strategies to Make Permanence a Priority (PDF - 352 KB)
National Convening on Youth Permanence (2008)
Describes strategies for helping youth find a permanent family, prepare for adulthood, achieve academic and career success, and gain access to quality housing and health care.
Youth Aging Out Survey, Issue: Family/Permanency Connections (PDF - 89 KB)
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2009)
Provides the State answers to the survey question: As youth prepare to exit foster care, what strategies has your State implemented to locate, engage, and connect these youth with family resources? This survey 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.