Transition-age Youth

The transition to adulthood poses great opportunities and challenges for all young people, especially those who are transitioning out of the foster care system. Supportive relationships, educational opportunities, career preparation, and other supports help ensure that older foster youth transitioning to adulthood have the resources they need to set and achieve their goals. To identify and promote research- and data-driven interventions for transition-age youth, the child welfare team at Child Trends: (1) evaluates programs and system reform efforts designed to support older youth; (2) manages data systems and provides technical assistance to youth and stakeholders, with a focus on using data to strengthen systems and services; and (3) facilitates continuous learning in the field.
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Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

The Jim Casey Initiative works to ensure that all young people ages 14 to 26 with foster care experience have the resources, relationships and opportunities they need to thrive in young adulthood.
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