5 Things to Know About the Transition From Foster Care to Adulthood

The transition from childhood to adulthood is a challenge in the best of circumstances. It takes a network of strong and stable connections with family, friends, and community to help young people learn and grow into healthy adults, and to support the incredible brain development that occurs during this time. But what about young people who have spent some or all of their childhood in foster care? Many of them lack these stable connections. They are also more likely to have faced, and continue to face, a host of disruptive and traumatic experiences including school instability, mental and physical health issues, and homelessness. What does the research tell us about the unique circumstances of their transition to adulthood?