The number of youth aging out of foster care has increased every year since 2001. This population, although small in number, has a high economic cost to state governments and society as a whole. Yet, because there are relatively few of these young people, states that invest in them can make a large positive impact without incurring great cost. This report highlights effective state strategies and promising approaches aimed at improving outcomes for foster youth in the following five areas:
- Education - promote educational attainment;
- Employment - connect youth with employment and career training;
- Housing - enhance access to safe and affordable housing;
- Health care - help you gain access to and manage health care; and
- Relationships - help youth build stable and lifelong relationships.