Improved Outcomes at Age 21 for Youth in Extended Foster Care

Based on a prior report on associations of time in extended foster care with youth outcomes, researchers at Chapin Hall examined data of more than 40,000 youth from California’s Child Welfare Services/Case Management System, including youth who had been in foster care for at least six months sometime after their 16th birthday. Researchers were unable to discover negative consequences of extended foster care beyond age 18. Instead, they reported that remaining in care past age 18 assists in meeting youths’ basic needs, reduces the chance of becoming a young parent and interacting with the criminal justice system, and helps them advance their education, acquire additional work experience, and save money.
Record Type: 
Report
Publication Date: 
November, 2018
Date: 
November 2018
Source: 
Partner Resources
State: 
California
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Supportive Services
    • Child Welfare
  • Special Populations
    • Youth in Transition
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