Skip to main content
Back to Top


The transition to adulthood: How states can support older youth in foster care

Individual Author: 
Golonka, Susan
Reference Type: 
Research Methodology: 
Place Published: 
Washington, DC
Published Date: 
December 2010
Published Date (Text): 
December 2010

The number of youth aging out of foster care has increased every year since 2001. This population, although small in number, has a high economic cost to state governments and society as a whole. Yet, because there are relatively few of these young people, states that invest in them can make a large positive impact without incurring great cost. This report highlights effective state strategies and promising approaches aimed at improving outcomes for foster youth in the following five areas:

  • Education - promote educational attainment;
  • Employment - connect youth with employment and career training;
  • Housing - enhance access to safe and affordable housing;
  • Health care - help you gain access to and manage health care; and
  • Relationships - help youth build stable and lifelong relationships.

(author abstract)

Target Populations: 
Geographic Focus: 
Page Count: 

The SSRC is here to help you! Do you need more information on this record?

If you are unable to access the full-text of the article from the Public URL provided, please email our Librarians for assistance at

In addition to the information on this record provided by the SSRC, you may be able to use the following options to find an electronic copy from an online subscription service or your local library:

  • Worldcat to find an electronic copy from an online subscription service
  • Google Scholar to discover other full text options