Aging Out Institute has collected links to books and movies about youth in foster care and aging out of foster care below. We will add more books and movies to it over time, so keep checking back.

999489 From Foster Care to Texas Death Row
by Gerald Edward Marshall

A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home
by Steve Pemberton

A Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time
by Rob Scheer

A Foster Care Manifesto
by Waln Brown

A Foster Kid’s Road to Success
by Robert P. K. Mooney

A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale
by Rodney J. Walker

A Place Called Home: A Memoir
by David Ambroz

A Suitcase and a Dream: My True Story from Foster to Prosper
By Brittney Sherell

Achieving Permanence for Older Children and Youth in Foster Care
by Benjamin Kerman, Ph.D., Madelyn Freundlich, M.S.W., and Anthony Maluccio

Adopting Tiger
by Natalie Chavis Fisher

Aging Out
by L. Lee Shaw

Aging Out

Aging-Out of Foster Care: Examining Outcomes through Social Learning and Narratives
by IARS Publications – Youth Voice Journal

Another Place at the Table
by Kathy Harrison

Beating the Odds in and After Foster and Residential Care
by Dr. Waln Brown

Being Too Fierce
by Lisa P. Cohen

Best Interests of the Child?: A Brief History of Foster Care in America
by Dr. Waln Brown and Dr. John Seita

Beyond the Foster Care System: The Future for Teens
by Betsy Krebs

Broken Child Mended Man
by Adam Starks, Ph.D.

Child Welfare: Profiles of Current and Former Older Foster Youth Based on the National Youth in Transition Database
by Congressional Research Service

Children and Youth Transitions from Foster Care
by Joseph A. Ferrari

Cinder Girl: My Journey out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope
by Christina Meredith

Coming of Age: Employment Outcomes for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care through Their Middle Twenties
by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Conversations with Bobby: From Foster Child to Corporate Executive
by Bob Danzig

Emancipating from the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Ten Former Foster Kids
by Dr. Waln Brown and Dr. John Seita

Employment Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Final Report
by Anonymous

Faith & Foster Care: How We Impact God’s Kingdom
by Dr. John DeGarmo

Faultless: The American Orphan

Finding a Family

Finding Our Place: 100 Memorable Adoptees, Fostered Persons, and Orphanage Alumni
by Nikki McCaslin



Foster Intellect: Aging Out Series, Book 1
by Angelica Kate

Foster Hope: Aging Out Series, Book 2
by Angelica Kate

Foster Passion, Book 3
by Angelica Kate

Foster Healing, Book 4
by Angelica Kate

Foster Spirit, Book 5
by Angelica Kate


Foster: Aging In and Out of the System of Care
by James N. Davis, III

Foster Care Odyssey: A Black Girl’s Story
by Theresa Cameron

Foster Girl: A Memoir
by Georgette Todd

Foster Care…Smoother Transitions
by Lisa M. Hanaway

FosterClub Transition Toolkit
by FosterClub

Fostered: One Woman’s Powerful Story of Finding Faith and Family through Foster Care
by Tori Hope Petersen

From Care to Somewhere: An Inspirational Life Story
by Gina Larrisey

From Foster Care to College: A Guide for Teens
by Autumn Spanne, Laura Longhine, and Keith Hefner

From Foster Care to College: Young Adults’ Perceptions of Factors that Impacted Their Academic Achievement
by Dr. Steve J. Rios

From Foster to Fabulous: An Imperative Movement
by Capri C. Cruz

From Foster to Fabulous: One Little Girl’s Journey Through Abuse, Foster Care, Aging Out, and Life Beyond
by Helen Ramaglia

From Foster Care to Millionaire: A Young Entrepreneur’s Story of Tragedy and Triumph
by Cody McLain

From Place to Place

From the Foster House to the White House
Terrance K. Williams

Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir
by Shenandoah Chefalo

Growing Up Forsaken: From Vagrant to Ph.D.
by Dr. Anesha A. Fuller

Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids
by Waln K. Brown and John R. Seita

Growing Up Milwaukee
HBO Documentary

Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Review of the Literature and Program Typology
by Amy Dworsky

How Does Foster Care Work? International Evidence on Outcomes
by Elizabeth Fernandez and Richard Barth (Editors)

I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond
by Michael Oher

I Will Never Give Up: Inspiring Memoir of Redemption – from Foster Care to Fatherhood, Victim of Brutal Trauma to Victor in Life
by Derek Clark

I’m Good: My Struggle, My Fights, My Breakthrough
by Sophia Williams

Improving Transition into Adulthood for Youth Served by the Foster Care System: A Report on the Strengths and Needs of Existing Aftercare Services
by Robin Nixon and Maria Garin Jones

Independent Living Program Strategies for the 21st Century: Developing a Comprehensive Independent Living Program Plan
by William Griffin and Nancy Carter

“Jimmy” from Foster Homes and Addiction to Recovery
by Jimmy Peckenschneider

Labeled: Ward of the State
by Kenisha Anthony

LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: Empowering Approaches for an Inclusive System of Care
by Adam McCormick

Life after Care: From Lost Cause to MBE
by Mark Edwards

Life after Foster Care: Improving Outcomes for Former Foster Youth
by Loring Paul Jones

Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses: A Memoir
by Paula McLain

Lost FOUNDation: From Foster Care to God’s Heir
by Nina Fitzhugh-Wells

Macro Perspectives on Youths Aging Out of Foster Care
by Mary E. Collins

My Journey in the Shadow of “The King” 
by Danny Vann

My So-Called Emancipation: From Foster Care to Homelessness for California Youth
by Human Rights Watch

No Tomorrow

Not Me, Not Mine: Adult Survivors of Foster Care

On the Road Less Traveled: An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom
by Ed Hajim

On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System
by Martha Shirk & Gary Stangler

Out of the Shadow: I Can and I Will
by Darol Rodrock

Pieces of Me: My Journey from an Abusive Childhood to a  Life of Hope and Healing
by Rose Marie Abrams

Postcards from the Soul
by Foster Care Alumni of America

Redefining Normal
by Justin and Alexis Black

Resilient by Nature: Foster Care  Youths Emancipating from the Foster Care System: Book 1
by Marilyn Kay Thomas, Ph.D.

Rising and Other Stories
by Gale Massey

Running from the Mirror: A Memoir
by Howard Shulman

Short Term 12

Tell Me Where Home Is: The Journey from Trauma to Triumph
by Carl M. Price

The Black Foster Youth Handbook
by Ángela Quijada-Banks

The Foster Advocate: One Man’s Journey into the World of Foster Alumni
by P. Eugene Escobar

The Foster Parenting Toolbox: A Practical, Hands-on Approach to Parenting Children in Foster Care
by Kim Phagan-Hansel

The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System
by Youth Communication

The Rabbit Hutch
by Tess Gunty

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
by Cris Beam

Transitions from Care to Independence: Supporting Young People Leaving State Care to Fulfill Their Potential (1st Edition)
by Jennifer Driscoll

Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class
by Rob Henderson

Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way
by Jimmy Wayne

What I Carry
by Jennifer Longo

What Works in Foster Care? Key Components of Success from the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study (1st Edition)
by Peter J. Pecora, et al.

Which Fork Do I Use? And Other Etiquette Rules I Learned after Aging Out of Foster Care
by Georgette Todd

Why Me?: My Fight for Life
by David M. Armstrong

Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care: International Research, Policy and Practice (1st edition)
edited by Philip Mendes & Pamela Snow

Youth Leaving Foster Care: A Developmental, Relationship-Based Approach to Practice (1st Edition)
by Wendy B. Smith

Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Background and Federal Programs (CSR Reports)
by Congressional Research Service