Foster Care

The youth involved in the foster care system are one of the most vulnerable populations in our society. Of the more than 500,000 children in foster care, 30 to 40% are also in special education. But this number does not capture all youth with disabilities in the foster care system. One study estimated that between 20 to 60% of young children entering foster care have a developmental disability or delay. The following information provides youth service professionals and foster care program administrators with the information they need to understand best practices in the field and policy recommendations to improve the transition outcomes for youth with disabilities in the foster care system.

Foster Youth Demonstration Project: Final Evaluation Report

This evaluation report shows the results of demonstration projects in five states around foster care and youth transition.

Guideposts for Success for Youth in Foster Care

The Guideposts for Success for Youth in Foster Care highlight specific experiences, supports, and services that are relevant to providing comprehensive transition services to all foster care youth, including those with disabilities, within the framework of the Guideposts for Success.

Negotiating the Curves Toward Employment: A Guide About Youth Involved in the Foster Care System

This guide applies the Guideposts for Success to meeting the needs of youth in foster care with and without disabilities. The Guide includes facts and statistics about youth involved in the foster care system; gives examples of states and communities that are changing policy and practices; identifies areas requiring further attention by policy makers and providers of services; and identifies resources and tools to assist cross-system collaborative efforts.

Transition Truths: An Overview of Transition Systems

This tool describes the systems that may affect youth with and without disabilities as they transition from youth to adulthood. Youth can use this tool with youth service professionals and other caring adults to learn about their rights within these systems, plan for their transition, and identify changes they can advocate for in their communities. Youth service professionals can use this tool in working with youth and in identifying ways to connect youth to additional supports

Youth Involved in the Foster Care System

The youth involved in the foster care system represent one of the most vulnerable populations in our society and will require the expertise of caring professionals in multiple systems working together to “move the needle” of success upward. Collaborative efforts across the country between workforce development, child welfare, mental health, schools, and other community institutions are needed to improve the chances that youth in foster care will make a successful transition into adulthood and be able to lead productive lives including having careers of their choice.

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