FINAL REPORT TASK FORCE ON YOUTH AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE

The Task Force on Youth Aging out of Foster Care (referred to herein as Task Force) was created in the 2015 Louisiana legislative session to study the public resources and financing options for programs to assist youth aging out of foster care in Louisiana. This legislation was precipitated by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) ending a program known as the Young Adult Program in July 2013, which allowed for ongoing financial and case management support for youth achieving the age of majority in the foster care system. DCFS, legislators and advocates
are aware of the need to provide youth who will exit foster care at age eighteen with opportunities to be meaningfully involved in a comprehensive transition planning process focused on the development of independent living skills in areas such as: 
  • Establishing safe, stable, and affordable housing; 
  • Accessing health insurance and healthcare services;
  • Completing an educational/vocational training program;
  • Pursuing employment opportunities; and,
  • Creating healthy, permanent, connections

Read full report here.