On January 30, 2015, the American Youth Policy Forum will be hosting a briefing in Washington DC to discuss supporting foster youth during the transition to adulthood. You can read their issue brief here.

Each year approximately 26,000 young people in foster care will turn 18 and "age out" of the system. These youth face numerous obstacles as they transition to adulthood such as homelessness, unemployment, difficulty accessing postsecondary education, and financial instability. AYPF’s recently released issue brief, “Creating Access to Opportunities for Youth in Transition from Foster Care” highlights best practices, policies, and makes recommendations to support these youth in three critical areas of need – sustainable social capital, permanency supports, and access to postsecondary opportunities.

During this forum, panelists will share how policies and programs in their states have addressed these challenges and opportunities.

  • Michael Leach, Director of Independent Living for Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services will discuss the state’s network of resource centers and services for youth in transition from foster care.
  • Cecilia Tran, Policy Analyst with the John Burton Foundation will provide an overview of California’s Transitional Housing program for youth in foster care.
  • Ann Rossi, Analyst with the Michigan Department of Human Services will discuss how DHS works with institutions of higher education in Michigan to create better access to postsecondary education for youth in transition from foster care.
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