Extending Foster Care Beyond Age 18

NRCYD eUpdate on Extending Foster Care Beyond Age 18 (Winter 2012)
Independent living services, research shows, are not sufficient for many young people who “age out” of foster care and typically lack the necessary supports to be on their own at age 18. Recent evidence has contributed to the knowledge base about the need for extending foster care beyond age 18. Information about what is working and what is missing from supports and services for this population provides an opportunity to for states to reevaluate service models and modify strategies to reach desired outcomes. This issue of eUpdate, from the NRC for Youth Development, offers ideas and insights to better represent distinct needs of the sub-populations of young adults and highlights the importance of good marketing to all stakeholders.