Recommendations for Child Welfare System Support from Youth Currently and Formerly in Foster Care

The Survey of Youth Transitioning from Foster Care (SYTFC) collected information from youth currently and formerly in foster care in two states who were at risk for human trafficking experiences based on their demographic characteristics, maltreatment allegations, and removal and placement history. The SYTFC was conducted to address knowledge gaps and to provide the child welfare system with information needed to identify and support youth in care who are at risk of human trafficking. This brief focuses on the qualitative recommendations from youth who participated in the SYTFC when asked about the most important ways the child welfare system could support youth leaving care.

The SYTFC was conducted by RTI International through a contract from OPRE, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with ACF’s Children’s Bureau. The SYTFC was implemented as part of part of the Domestic Human Trafficking and the Child Welfare Population project.

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