Youth who “Age Out” of Foster Care: Troubled Lives, Troubling Prospects

Research BriefChild WelfareDec 1 2002

Research suggests that without the extended support most families provide young people in the transition to adulthood, youth leaving foster care face enormous challenges in building successful lives. They are less well prepared educationally, have a harder time embarking on a productive career, are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to be involved with the legal system.