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CalYOUTH: Conditions of Foster Youth at Age 17 report

This report presents findings from the Baseline Youth Survey of the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH).

CalYOUTH is an evaluation of the impact of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act on outcomes during the transition to adulthood for foster youth. CalYOUTH includes collection and analysis of information from three sources: 1) transition-age youth, 2) child welfare workers, and 3) government program data. The study, directed by Dr. Mark Courtney at the University of Chicago and conducted in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services and County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA), is being carried out over a 5-year period from 2012–17.

The study addresses three research questions:

  • Does extending foster care past age 18 influence youths’ outcomes during the transition to adulthood (e.g., education, employment, health, housing, parenting, and general well-being)?
  • What factors influence the types of support youth receive during the transition to adulthood in thecontext of extended foster care?
  • How do living arrangements and other services that result from extending foster care influence therelationship between extending care and youth outcomes?

To access this report, please see the attachment to the right of this page.

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