Category Archives: Older Youth

Webinar Recording – Finding What Works: Helping Young Adults Transition into Adulthood

Review the March 19 webinar, Finding What Works: Helping Young Adults Transition into Adulthood,  using the slideshow and audio player below. The presenters were:

  • Sarah Hurley, Director of Research, Youth Villages
  • Mark Courtney, Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago,
  • John Martinez, Deputy Director, Health and Barriers to Employment Policy Area, MDRC.

Download a preview of the youth villages transitional living evaluation here.

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Recording from Webinar: “Improving the Economic Security of Children in Foster Care and Young People Who are Transitioning from Foster Care”

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Improving the Economic Security of Children in Foster Care and Young People Who are Transitioning from Foster Care

We’re pleased to share with you the second in a series of upcoming SPARC policy briefs. The brief, entitled “Improving the Economic Security of Children in Foster Care and Young People who are Transitioning from Foster Care,” authored by consultant Shawn Fremstad, focuses on ways that advocates can work with government agencies and urge them to streamline enrollment to public benefits and services for eligible foster children and youth who have aged out of care.

Children in foster care and youth who transitioned from foster care are often eligible for public benefits and services that can increase their economic security, meet their health care needs, and help them do better in school.

But eligible kids and the adults in their lives may not know or have incorrect eligibility information. Complex application processes may also limit access to benefits and services. Even when foster children get the benefits they need, bureaucratic processes can detract from more important activities, including school and employment. Foster children can also lose benefits unnecessarily when, as is common, their placements or other life circumstances change.                      

This brief discusses ways that advocates can help foster children and youth who aged out of foster care access critical public benefits including the Sup
plemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the School Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Though not the only available benefits, improving access to these initiatives offers real potential to improve children’s lives.

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Policy and Practice Recommendations

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Social Capital

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Authentic Youth Engagement

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Foster Care to 21: Doing it Right

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