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Brief Suggests Policy Changes to Help Kids Aging Out of Foster Care

Connecticut Voices for Children

Each year, a significant number of young people in Connecticut “age out" of foster care, reaching the age of majority without a family to support their transition to adulthood. According to a new research brief by Connecticut Voices for Children, youth aging out of care are more likely to experience homelessness, involvement with the criminal justice system, and are less likely to graduate from high school or be enrolled in college and to be earning a living wage than other youth. The brief also outlines several policies now in place in the different areas that children aging out of care face trouble, and suggests several opportunities for reform in each of those areas.

In the area of finding a place to live, the brief notes current DCF programs in place to help those aging out of care: a “re-entry” policy which allows youth who have left state Department of Children and Families (DCF) care after age 18 to resume receiving services from DCF under certain circumstances; and assistance for youth enrolled in the post-secondary education, including housing during summer and other breaks for students living on-campus.

The brief suggests that the state develop policies and practice to discourage youth from refusing services at age 18, and expand services to abused and neglected youths ages 18-21 who do not currently qualify for the post-secondary education program, by using Title IV-E federal reimbursements  under the recent national Fostering Connections legislation.

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