Transition Aged Youth
Services and Support for Transition Aged Youth
AFS’s Transition Aged Youth programs and services are designed to support and assist transition-aged youth in foster care, providing these young adults with the services and support they need as they move beyond high school and enter adulthood.
Emancipating foster youth transitioning into adulthood often exit the foster care system without any connection to an adult, family or community. While youth can remain in foster care until they are 21 years old, many former foster youth face significant challenges later in life.
AFS is committed to creating permanent connections for our former youth in foster care. Supportive services include programs to help youth through the difficult and complicated process of emancipation. These services provide the emotional, practical and social skills and resources necessary to become independent young adults.
Outcomes for Young People Who Have Exited Foster Care
Youth aging out of a foster care program typically face many hardships relating to their time in the child welfare system. Foster care facts to consider:
- 6% of all children in the U.S. will find themselves in the foster care system before they turn 18.
- 20% of those who age out of the foster care system lack a home when they turn 18.
- By the time foster youth are 24, only around 50% of them will have stable and steady employment. The same percentage develop substance abuse.
- Between 2006 and 2016, there were 45% fewer former foster youth aging out of the system, with only 11% of all former foster youth in 2016 leaving foster care then for that reason.
- In Marin and Solano Counties, AFS-led Transition-Aged Youth programs have thus far helped 50 former foster youth emancipate with housing and a lifelong connection, and 42 of them are presently working, in school or both.
- 100% of Marin and Solano County AFS ILSP foster youth emancipated with housing and at least one lifelong connection.
- 84% of Marin and Solano County AFS ILSP foster youth are employed, in school or a combination of both.
But, AFS has a notable track record of helping former foster youth have successful transitions.
- 42 Solano County and 8 Marin County foster youth emancipated from foster care with the help of AFS.
- 100 percent of Marin and Solano County AFS ILSP foster youth emancipated with housing.
- 100 percent of Marin and Solano County AFS ILSP foster youth emancipated with at least one life-long connection.
- 84 percent of Marin and Solano County AFS ILSP foster youth are employed, in school or a combination of both.
- 91 percent of AFS Marin THP+ clients are employed, in school or a combination of both.
How to Help
There are many ways you can help youth who have aged out of foster care.