Extending Foster Care to Age 21: Implications for Providers, Impact on Budgets





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Published on Jul 14, 2011

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One important provision of the 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act extended federal support for keeping foster youth in care until age 21. The goal is to improve educational and health-related outcomes.

This extension of care has significant implications for service providers as they plan adaptations to their programs for a group of older youth who need services that will help prepare them for independence. It has implications as well for the budgets of state agencies and program providers.


Mark Courtney, Ph.D., is Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago and Affiliated Scholar, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and Principal Investigator of the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth.
Angie Schwartz, J.D., is the Policy Director at The Alliance for Children's Rights, where she works to improve the child welfare system through systemic reform.
Miller Anderson is Deputy Director of the Division of Monitoring at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which has oversight for DCFS's Performance-Based contracts, including Transitional Living and Independent Living Programs. He has a master's degree in Social Work Administration.
Eprise Armstrong is a master's degree student in social work at Washington University's Brown School of Social Work. She spent 13 years in the child welfare system in Indiana and Michigan.
Matthew Stagner, Ph.D., is Executive Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (Moderator).

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