Transition Age Youth

Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: How Holding Early Leadership Positions Can Make a Difference

Research links early leadership with increased self-efficacy and suggests that leadership can help youth to develop decision making and interpersonal skills that support successes in the workforce and adulthood. In addition, young leaders tend to be more involved in their communities, and have lower dropout rates than their peers. Youth leaders also show considerable benefits for their communities, providing valuable insight into the needs and interests of young people

How Trained Service Professionals and Self-Advocacy Makes a Difference for Youth with Mental Health, Substance Abuse, or Co-occurring Issues

Statistics reflecting the number of youth suffering from mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders highlight the necessity for schools, families, support staff, and communities to work together to develop targeted, coordinated, and comprehensive transition plans for young people with a history of mental health needs and/or substance abuse.

Young Adults Formerly in Foster Care: Challenges and Solutions

Nearly 30,000 youth aged out of foster care in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents nine percent of the young people involved in the foster care system that year. This transition can be challenging for youth, especially youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.

New Resource for Youth in Foster Care Considering the Military

A new youth-friendly guide from the Children’s Bureau answers common questions youth and caregivers have about foster care and the military.

Emily

We spoke to Emily by phone on November 17, 2011.
Questions with * were added February 6, 2012.

Angel

We spoke with Angel by phone on May 4, 2011.

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Angel: I am 22 years old now and will be 23 in June. I grew up in the foster care system. I was in and out as far back as I can remember. My mom passed away when I was 13. Shortly after that I moved in with the family I am with now. They adopted me at the age of 16.

Greta

We spoke with Greta via email exchange in March 2011.

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Sixto

We spoke with Sixto via email in April 2012.

Janessa

We spoke with Janessa via phone and email in May 2012.

Razilee

We spoke with Razilee via email in April 2012.