The Economic Well-Being of Youth Transitioning From Foster Care

Opportunity Passport Participant Survey Results Show Employment Helps Many Thrive

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This brief examines Opportunity Passport™ participant data to reveal the education and employment barriers that young people often face when leaving foster care. Readers will also learn how to design effective policies and practices that supply the resources, relationships and opportunities needed to help these young people successfully transition into adulthood.

December 4, 2017

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The Road to Adulthood

Aligning Child Welfare Practice With Adolescent Brain Development

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With knowledge of how the adolescent brain matures, adults can do more to ensure that the road leaving foster care will take young people to self-sufficiency and successful adulthood. And this guide tells how.

July 22, 2017

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Advancing SFA

Practice Guide

This toolkit highlights recommendations for policymakers and advocates on laws and policies designed to help jurisdictions effectively implement the normalcy provisions of the Strengthening Families Act.

February 7, 2017

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Preparing for the Road Ahead

Helping Young People Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood

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This report reflects on the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s vision for building on its successes to help youth and young adults thrive socially, emotionally, financially, intellectually and physically.

August 16, 2016

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Crisis — and Opportunity — in Delaware’s Child Welfare System

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In 2011, Delaware’s child welfare system wasn’t just in trouble — it was in crisis, with too many teens entering out-of-home care and later exiting foster care disconnected from family. To fix this broken system, the state launched a sweeping, data-driven reform effort called Outcomes Matter. The initiative boosted morale among caseworkers and gave kids and families a critical voice in the decision-making process. But the best part? The effort helped improve the well-being of Delaware’s children and families.  

March 2, 2016

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What Young People Need to Thrive

Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to Promote Normalcy

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This brief draws upon the voices of young people in transition from foster care to adulthood to explore the need and strategies for providing typical experiences — or normalcy — for kids in foster care. 

November 12, 2015

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Every Kid Needs a Family

Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success

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This KIDS COUNT policy report underscores a simple fact about childhood: Family matters. Yet, today in America, 57,000 children are still living in group placements. Readers will learn about limiting the role of residential treatment care to its intended purpose and how state and local leaders can work together to enhance family-oriented services and supports. The end goal? Brighter futures — and loving families — for some of our country’s most vulnerable children. View the list of KIDS COUNT Outreach Partners, a network of organizations who help to promote KIDS COUNT data and its policy recommendations.

May 19, 2015

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Becoming Adults, Executive Summary

One-Year Impact Findings from the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation

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This report presents MDRC’s evaluation of the Transitional Living program located in Tennessee and operated by Youth Villages.

May 10, 2015

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Policy and Practice Recommendations

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This report identifies 24 policy and practice recommendations for lawmakers to consider as they work to improve the lives of youth moving through and out of foster care. It is a product of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.      

April 26, 2015

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