Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in the Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being of Older Youth in Foster Care: Executive Summary.

This document begins by highlighting the current status of well-being of older youth currently in and transitioning from foster care and examines the implications of that research for new investments. Next, it presents a new framework for well-being for older youth in foster care and a theory of change underlying the investment agenda. The framework addresses intellectual potential, social development, mental wellness, physical health, safety and permanency, and economic success. Finally, this document includes a series of recommended investment strategies for public and private funders and funder collaboratives seeking to improve the social, emotional, and physical well-being of older youth transitioning from foster care. These five strategies include: invest in improving, expanding, and sustaining innovative and evidence-informed practice, invest in policy and advocacy, invest in community supports and opportunities, cross-systems investments, and invest in research and evaluation. (Author abstract) 

Author(s): Langford, Barbara Hanson.;Badeau, Sue.