Extending Foster Care to Age 21: Weighing the Costs to Government Against the Benefits to Youth

The federal government is required to reimburse states for certain costs related to children in foster care under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 modified Title IV-E so adolescents and emerging adults in foster care can receive continued assistance until the age of 21 instead of 18. This issue brief examines the potential cost for keeping foster youth an additional 3 years and if they were to continue through college.

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John Kelly is editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Social Change.