Extending Foster Care to Age 21: Benefits, Costs and Opportunities for States

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Chapin Hall and National Governors Association

This Web conference examines the possible impact of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Law of 2008, which gives states financial incentives to allow foster children to stay in care until 21. Two of the four panelists – Amy Dworsky, senior researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and Mark E. Courtney, executive director of Partners for Our Children at the University of Washington – focus on research about the impact of extending care to 21 in states that have done so, offering both promising and sobering data. The other panelists – Jody Grutza, senior policy analyst at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and Mary Gambon, assistant commissioner for Adoption, Foster Care and Adolescent Services at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families – discuss the nuts and bolts of how such efforts are carried out in the other states. The moderator is Youth Today Editor Patrick Boyle.

The link provides access to the recorded one-hour conference, as well as research reports, the panelists’ PowerPoint presentations and questions and answers with the online audience. Free. http://www.chapinhall.org/events/governing/extending-foster-care-age-21-benefits-costs-and-opportunities-states.