Four Ways to Better Support Young Adults Transitioning out of Foster Care
Congress established the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood, known as Chafee, in 1999. Chafee provides support to assist young adults transitioning out of the foster care system until they turn 23 years old, the same age when a young person who has experienced foster care stops receiving any federal support from the child welfare system. Chafee was one of the first pieces of legislation to call attention to the distinct needs of young people transitioning out of the foster care system and sheds light on the shortage of federal investments dedicated to this critical transition when many young adults struggle with unemployment, homelessness, and other challenges. This blogpost presents four lessons that could help Chafee better prepare transition-age young people for stability and success in adulthood.