Transitional Aged Youth Need Supports to Achieve Self-Sufficiency

 

There is a population of youth in today’s foster care system who require specialized attention to guide them toward a path of self-sufficiency. These are known as Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) and by definition, include youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are in transition from state custody or foster care. The successful integration of any TAY population into society requires support. According to some researchers, the typical youth is not expected to reach self-sufficiency until the age of 26 and receives, on average, $44,500 in parental support after age 18. So for youth in foster care, it is no wonder that this transition can be an exceedingly rocky one. This is due, to some degree, to the lack of a coordinated support system which would normally assist foster youth in the absence of parental figures. In general, foster youth in this age group are often at risk for homelessness, increased incidents of juvenile justice involvement, higher levels of unemployment, and a lack of post-secondary education. [More]

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