Research Report Coming of Age: Employment Outcomes for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care Through Their Middle Twenties
Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, Stephanie Cuccaro-Alamin, Dean Duncan, Daniel Kuehn, Marla McDaniel, Tracy Vericker, Mike Pergamit, Barbara Needell, Hye-Chung Kum, Joy Stewart, Chung-Kwon Lee, Richard P. Barth
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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.
Research Areas Education Wealth and financial well-being Children and youth Social safety net Workforce
Tags Workforce development Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Employment and income data Economic well-being Child welfare Youth development
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population