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Becoming Adults: One-Year Impact Findings From the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation
This report relays findings from the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation’s YVLifeSet program (formerly known as the Transitional Living program), assessing whether the program affected key outcomes during the first year after young people enrolled in the study.
Comparing Outcomes Reported by Young People at Ages 17 and 19 in NYTD Cohort 1
This study by the Children's Bureau summarizes 2014 findings from the National Youth in Transition database.
Maximizing Educational Achievement of Youth in Foster Care and Alumni: Factors Associated With Success
This article outlines strategies to help youth in foster care achieve better education outcomes, through pursuing permanency to help youth find enduring mentors, maximizing placement and school stability, conducting strengths-based assessment, aggressively pursuing educational supports, and treating mental health problems that may act as barriers to classroom success.
Midwest Evaluation of Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth: Outcomes at Age 26
The Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth is a longitudinal study that has been following a sample of young people from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois as they transition out of foster care into adulthood. It provides a comprehensive picture of how foster youth are faring during this transition since the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 became law.