Vision: Every young woman aging out of foster care will have a safe place to live, the opportunity to become independent, and develop the skills needed to maintain a positive and productive lifestyle. Mission: To empower, educate and train young women aged out of foster care to utilize life skills and community resources to support their ability to sustain an…
Caples Terrace was conceived as a solution to the lack of decent housing for young people — aged 18 to 24 — who are aging out of foster care, and their families. The complex was built by and is managed by the Vancouver Housing Authority. The three-story complex offers studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, with rents based on the tenant’s income.
Operation Independence is a comprehensive program that provides foster youth 15-24 years of age with the support and training that is necessary to become independent and successful adults. Whether in foster care, group homes, transitional housing or living on their own, Operation Independence creates a personal relationship-based plan designed for each young adult’s specific needs.
Our youth-centered academic program, Graduation Success, helps youth in foster care engage and invest in their education and future. The Graduation Success program currently serves middle and high school students in foster care in King County and high school students in foster care in school districts in Pierce, Spokane and Snohomish counties.
This report examines Independent Living (IL) services for youth aged 16 to 21 years in foster care, provided by the Children’s Administration (CA) of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
This is the Second Annual Report on the Foster Youth Transition to Independence Study (FYT). There are three main purposes of the FYT study: (1) to examine the characteristics of youth leaving public child welfare foster care in Washington state; (2) to examine how prepared those youth are for emancipation; and (3) to examine how the youth have fared after emancipation….
In order to move from a deficit-based to a strength-based approach, this qualitative study focused on understanding the lived experience of transitioning to adulthood for alumni of foster care with disabilities.
This article focuses on students with disabilities in foster care to help school psychologists identify effective school-based interventions for these students.
One notable exception is the growing number of campus support programs for young people making the transition out of foster care. Although each program is unique, they typically provide an array of financial, academic, social/emotional, and logistical (e.g., housing) supports to help former foster youth stay in school and graduate. They are currently concentrated in California or Washington State and are supported, at least…
To help inform targeted interventions and exit planning, this report begins to identify key risk and protective factors associated with criminal justice involvement (arrests and jail bookings) among youth transitioning to adulthood, the year after aging out of foster care.