Youth Law Center Releases A New Deal for Transition Age Youth

The Youth Law Center has released a new brief, A New Deal for Transition Age Foster Youth in California: A Policy Roadmap for Ensuring a Resilient Recovery after COVID-19, which proposes key policy changes for transition age youth who are in foster care or have recently exited care in the aftermath of the COVID-19 public health crisis. The recommendations are grouped into five key domains: 1) policy and practice changes that ensure placement stability and prevent homelessness among foster youth; 2) halting any policies and practices that would cause former foster youth participating in Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) to become homeless; 3) building capacity for emergency housing for foster youth and adding transparency requirements for county agencies that serve foster youth who have experienced housing loss; 4) investments in targeted supports for expectant and parenting foster youth, who are disconnected from services under the current shelter-in-place orders; and 5) re-examining outcomes for California’s transition age foster youth and reinvesting in the services and supports needed for youth to successfully navigate the new economy.