By: Holden Slattery, Fostering Media Connections
Foster youth can live in a variety of settings during their time in foster care and once they’ve aged out, including a foster home, group home, in kinship care, in reunification, with adoptive families or independently. As a result, they need continuous support in housing, employment, education and career development.
- The average length of time spent in foster care is 24 months or 2 years.
- Foster youth ages 16 to 25 are called Transitional Age Youth.
- Of the 33,000 youth in foster care, 2,500 emancipate or age out every year, putting them at risk. After exiting care, ½ are homeless, 1/3 are unemployed and ¼ are incarcerated.
Foster youth living with a foster family
Foster youth living in kinship care
Foster youth living in a group home
Foster youth in reunification
Foster youth living with adoptive families
Foster youth living independently after exiting the foster care system
What resources are available today for transitional age youth who have to face independent living?
What is Assembly Bill 12 (AB12) and how does it help transitional age youth today?
What are some outcomes of foster youth who have experienced extended foster care up until the age of 21?
What is the Continuum of Care Reform Act and how will it affect the lives of foster youth?
A Personal Perspective on Living:
Transitional age youth need time and support to build their futures. At 18, Annika felt traumatized by her past experiences in the foster care system, and realized that attending college would be her way to heal.”I lived in foster homes, group homes, with relatives and was homeless before 18.”Read Annika’s story