Coming of Age: Employment Outcomes for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care Through Their Middle Twenties

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Coming of Age: Employment Outcomes for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care Through Their Middle Twenties

Abstract

This study examines employment outcomes for youth who age out of foster care through their middle twenties in three states: California, Minnesota, and North Carolina. The study linked child welfare, Unemployment Insurance (UI), and public assistance administrative data to assess outcomes. Results suggest that youth who age out of foster care continue to experience poor employment outcomes at age 24 and generally follow one of four employment trajectories as they transition to adulthood.

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