Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth: Outcomes at Age 19

Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth: Outcomes at Age 19

The Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth: Outcomes at Age 19 (77 pages, PDF), the second report of a longitudinal study of youth leaving foster care and transitioning to adulthood in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois, shows that youth who become ineligible for government-funded services because they "age out" of the child welfare system face significant challenges, including educational deficits, psychological problems, economic insecurity, early child-bearing, and potential incarceration. However, foster youth allowed to remain in care beyond their eighteenth birthday are more likely to receive services that prepare them for independent living, to be in school or working, and to have access to health- and mental-health-care services. The report was published by the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Another resource on this issue is on the Public Broadcasting System Web site.