For most young people, the transition to adulthood is a gradual process (Furstenberg, Rumbaut, & Settersten, 2005). Many continue to receive financial and emotional support from their parents or other family members well past age 18. This is in stark contrast to the situation confronting youth in foster care. Too old for the child welfare system, but often not yet prepared to live as independent young adults, the approximately 28,000 foster youth who “age out” of care each year (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011) are expected to make it on their own long before the vast majority of their peers.
Author(s): Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago
Publication Date: 2011
Topic(s): Foster Youth, Workforce, Employment, and Career Success
Resource Type: Research / Report
Recommended Audience(s): Agency Leaders and Professionals
Click to Download: Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth Outcomes at Age 26