Continuing in Foster Care beyond Age 18: How Courts Can Help

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Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago

Many youth in foster care have services terminated when they turn 18. This study finds that youth who stay in foster care past the age of 18 have more positive outcomes and fewer negative outcomes than those who leave at 18, including higher levels of high school completion, college enrollment and access to health care, and lower levels of incarceration, homelessness and unemployment. It also finds that by keeping foster care cases open, courts can play an instrumental role in enabling older youth to continue to receive child welfare services. Free, five pages. (773) 753-5900,