Promising Practices: Supporting Transition of Youth Served by the Foster Care System
Sheehy, A. M.,
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement
Annie E. Casey Foundation
This report provides an examination of agencies that provide services contributing to the economic and educational preparation of youth raised in foster care. The researchers identified three or four effective agencies in each of the 50 States, as recommended by each State's Independent Living Coordinator. The researchers then conducted both written surveys and personal site visits of the agencies. Six key issues are identified in the beginning of the report: early discharge, housing, health and medical care, education, employment, and the integrated nature of the key issues. The authors then present an examination of best practices, with the following core principles: youth development philosophy, collaboration, and cultural competency. They then present an examination of promising practices in the areas of life skills, education, employment, community linkages, supervising independent living, health, preparation for adulthood counseling activities, youth development, aftercare, training, and evaluation. Some successful programs are profiled. As a result of their research, the authors present recommendations in two areas: Programming/Services (seven recommendations) and Evaluation and Data Collection/Reporting (five recommendations). Finally, the report includes a summary of the survey and the responses received.