New Data on Young People in Foster Care and Their Young Adult Outcomes

As part of its partnership with the Jim Casey Initiative, Child Trends provides support to implement continuous quality improvement processes that contribute to improved services and supports to young people with foster care experience. Examples include webinars on setting racially equitable targets for key indicators, data visualization techniques, creating and adapting measures for data collection with this population, and sharing and applying research for self-evaluation, policy advocacy, and practice improvements. Child Trends also analyzes the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Outcomes and Services File and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) to provide comparisons to the Opportunity Passport data. Our analyses have contributed to the success of the Jim Casey Initiative and their partners in improving numerous policies across the country (e.g., passage of extended foster care in multiple states), changed practice in public agencies, elevated awareness of the experiences and challenges of older youth, and informed the field regarding important gaps in the knowledge base on older youth.

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