Improved Outcomes at Age 21 for Youth in Extended Foster Care

The federal Fostering Connections Act of 2008 was largely based on the belief that allowing youth to remain in foster care past their 18th birthday would enhance their outcomes as adults. A prior report from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH)  reported on associations between time in extended foster care and a range of youth outcomes at age 19. This report builds on prior findings to examine outcomes at age 21 from state administrative data and from the third interview wave of CalYOUTH.

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