Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth: Outcomes at Ages 23 and 24

For most young people, the transition to adulthood is a gradual process (Furstenberg, Rumbaut & Settersten, 2005). Many continue to receive financial and emotional support from their parents or other family members well past age 18. This is in stark contrast to the situation confronting youth in foster care. Too old for the child welfare system but often not yet prepared to live as independent young adults, the approximately 29,500 foster youth who “age out” of care each year (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009) are expected to make it on their own long before the vast majority of their peers.

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