Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Identifying Strategies and Best Practices

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National Association of Counties (NACo)

While many local governments are putting more resources toward addressing the issue of youth aging out of foster care, those youth still face much higher rates of homelessness, poor educational achievement, low wages, unemployment, health problems and incarceration than the general population. This report outlines federal legislation that has created a framework for assisting such youth, and suggests that government agencies and nonprofit organizations might better aid youth transitioning out of foster care by replicating the efforts of state and county governments that supply model housing, employment and mental health services. Those specific efforts are highlighted here.

NACo is a national membership association representing county governments. Free. 10 pages.(202) 942-4228. Search for title at