Older Youth Housing, Financial Literacy and Other Supports

4/23/2020

Teenagers

Overview

See more 50-state legislative policies for older youth in care including driver’s license and auto insurance; diligent search requirements to identify relatives, extending foster care beyond age 18; health oversight for youth in foster care, increasing placement stability, normalcy in foster care and tuition waivers for youth in foster care. Click on the following links for a closer look at older youth policies in child welfare systems in GeorgiaLouisianaMississippiNew MexicoNorth CarolinaSouth CarolinaTexas and Virginia.

See 50-State Youth in Transition Data Profiles from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

Nearly a quarter of the approximately 442,995 children in foster care are age 14 or older and more than 15,000 young people age out of foster care at age 18 each year. The challenges facing older youth in foster are immense. 

Interest in research on brain science and how trauma and frequent placements in foster care may affect early and adolescent development has grown.

Supporting older youth involves many components, including the option to extend foster care or allow reentry into foster care, providing the most normal childhood experience possible through extracurricular activities, educational stability and opportunity, transitioning from foster care to independent living, and housing. When looking at these policy options, the ability to engage current and former foster youth is invaluable.

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