Every year in California, about 4,000 youth age out of foster care without adequate social support or life skills. To ensure a successful transition to adulthood, WSJF partners with state and county social service agencies, post-secondary institutions, community-based organizations, and other foundations to create an integrated system of services, for current and former foster youth aged 14 to 24.
Types of activities supported
- Partnerships between the child welfare system, other public agencies, and community organizations to improve services for aging-out foster youth
- Coordinated efforts among traditional child welfare partners—foster youth, foster family agencies, kinship families, and child welfare agency staff—to meet the needs of aging out foster youth
- Efforts to help post-secondary institutions improve educational and employment outcomes for foster youth
- Research and policy work to evaluate and support these kinds of activities
WSJF’s main Transition-aged foster youth focus is:
- Implementation, training and evaluation of the Foster Care to 21 provisions or the California Fostering Connections to Success Act,
- High school and GED completion programs targeted for former and current foster youth,
- Career and job training programs targeted for former and current foster youth, and
- California College Pathways Initiative – supporting foster youth in post-secondary and career technical education through programs working with 2- and 4-year college institutions.