By Lisa Martine Jenkins. ... but also support the youth that age out of the foster system to make sure they have successful transitions into the real world. Over 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States, and more than 100,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. Youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood need many supports to navigate the challenges they face. Youth who are 18 and transitioning from care may be eligible to receive financial supports of $850/month, as well as guidance up to the age of 21. Aging out of Foster Care. Issue Brief: Supporting Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care. These supports are intended to help eligible youth meet their goals in transitioning to adulthood. Supporting older youth involves many components, including the option to extend foster care or allow reentry into foster care, providing the most normal childhood experience possible through extracurricular activities, educational stability and opportunity, transitioning from foster care to independent living, and housing. These planning activities have resulted in four issue briefs. 2014-70 . Youth aging out of foster care are at particular risk for negative outcomes including school dropout, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, health and mental health problems, and victimization. In the last two decades, three major federal policies have been enacted to address the unique needs and experiences of older youth transitioning out of foster care. Help Teens Aging Out of Foster Care. In states that have taken this option, young people can receive an additional three years of foster care support to prepare for the transition into adulthood. The first of these, the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Chafee), provided eligibility guidelines for youth receiving independent living services. Over the past three decades, federal child welfare policy has significantly increased the availability of those supports. Yet many will age out of foster care into adulthood without an adoptive family. Youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood need many supports to navigate the challenges they face. Supporting Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care Issue Brief 3: Employment Programs Sara Edelstein and Christopher Lowenstein December 2014; OPRE Report No. Many states now have similar programs providing resources and support youth aging out of foster care. Youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood need many supports to navigate the challenges they face. Continued Care and Support for Youth . The Surdna Foundation has supported some innovative programming for youth transitioning out of foster care. Yet we know little about how, when, and why these youth find themselves on a downward trajectory. FOSTER CARE TRANSITION TOOLKIT Purpose of this Toolkit Currently there are over 400,000 children and youth in our Nation’s foster care system and every year, more than 23,000 individuals “age out” of the foster care system.1 The passage to adulthood is challenging for anyone, for youth in foster care it can be especially What is "Aging Out" of Foster Care? Jacob’s participation in our Transitional Age Youth program gave him stable housing, a community of young adults and staff, and coaching in independent living skills. In 1999, the Foster Care Independence Act amended Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to create the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program Over the past three decades, federal child welfare policy has significantly increased the availability of those supports. 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