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A court's guide to implementing the youth permanency provisions of the Strengthening Families Act.
New federal law provisions support youth engagement and transition planning for older youth in foster care. Learn how courts and agencies can implement the provisions through policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for youth.
New federal child sex trafficking legislation includes protections for older youth in foster care.
Several resources and laws can help young parents find adequate housing.
Recent scientific discoveries on teen brain development are helping us to better understand and respond to the sometimes unpredictable, frequently frustrating, and totally amazing teen years.
The Fostering Connections Act includes provisions aimed at supporting youth who are transitioning from foster care. The following judicial considerations and questions to ask from the bench offer guidance to support this transition and promote good outcomes.
For youth who age out of foster care, finding a place to sleep each night can be a struggle. Nationally, 54% of recently aged-out youth are homeless or unstably housed.
Youth in foster care may experience many risk factors for suicide, but a caring advocate can connect them to supports to help them thrive.
To ensure successful permanency planning and resolution, child welfare professionals must methodically question the cultural and subcultural context of the lives of each adolescent in care through each stage of neglect and abuse proceedings.
Foster youth who are leaving the system often struggle to secure housing. Lighthouse Youth Services is helping older foster youth avoid homelessness and successfully transition to adulthood.
55 policy and practice recommendations offer guidance on supporting the 30,000-plus older youth who exit state and local foster care systems each year.