Supporting Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care Issue Brief 3: Employment Programs Sara Edelstein and Christopher Lowenstein December 2014; OPRE Report No. 2014-70 . Youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood need many supports to navigate the challenges they face. The Surdna Foundation has supported some innovative programming for youth transitioning out of foster care. Youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood need many supports to navigate the challenges they face. Issue Brief: Supporting Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care. Continued Care and Support for Youth . Over 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States, and more than 100,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. Youth who are 18 and transitioning from care may be eligible to receive financial supports of $850/month, as well as guidance up to the age of 21. Yet we know little about how, when, and why these youth find themselves on a downward trajectory. Youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood need many supports to navigate the challenges they face. In 1999, the Foster Care Independence Act amended Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to create the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program Many states now have similar programs providing resources and support youth aging out of foster care. In 1999, the Foster Care Independence Act amended Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to create the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (the Chafee Program). These planning activities have resulted in four issue briefs. Over the past three decades, federal child welfare policy has significantly increased the availability of those supports. In states that have taken this option, young people can receive an additional three years of foster care support to prepare for the transition into adulthood. Jacob’s participation in our Transitional Age Youth program gave him stable housing, a community of young adults and staff, and coaching in independent living skills. Yet many will age out of foster care into adulthood without an adoptive family. Aging out of Foster Care. The current level of support for youth aging out of foster care typically provides transitional services while only supporting short-term, transitional housing. Over the past three decades, federal child welfare policy has significantly increased the availability of those supports. Supporting older youth involves many components, including the option to extend foster care or allow reentry into foster care, providing the most normal childhood experience possible through extracurricular activities, educational stability and opportunity, transitioning from foster care to independent living, and housing. ... but also support the youth that age out of the foster system to make sure they have successful transitions into the real world. FOSTER CARE TRANSITION TOOLKIT Purpose of this Toolkit Currently there are over 400,000 children and youth in our Nation’s foster care system and every year, more than 23,000 individuals “age out” of the foster care system.1 The passage to adulthood is challenging for anyone, for youth in foster care it can be especially These supports are intended to help eligible youth meet their goals in transitioning to adulthood. Help Teens Aging Out of Foster Care. What is "Aging Out" of Foster Care? 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