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The transition to adulthood: How states can support older youth in foster care

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Individual Author: 
Golonka, Susan
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Place Published: 
Washington, DC
Published Date: 
December 2010
Published Date (Text): 
December 2010
Year: 
2010
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Abstract: 

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.

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