AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
COMMISSION ON YOUTH AT RISK
COMMISSION ON HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY
REPORT TO THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to enact and implement legislation and policies prohibiting transitions from foster care to a status of homelessness, or where a former foster youth will lack a permanent connection to a supportive adult.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That to promote these objectives, legislation and policies should provide for:
(a) Eliminating the case goals or outcomes of “Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement” (APPLA) or “Emancipation”;
(b) Adding in their place a goal and outcome of “Safe and Secure Housing/Permanent Significant Adult Connections”.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the legal profession and the judiciary to improve and enhance support for foster youth transitioning to adult independence, providing education, materials, and other resources on permanent adult connections for former foster children and on safe and secure housing opportunities for youth exiting foster care.