Youth Development & Education

In recent years, although the number of children in foster care has declined overall, adolescents now comprise a larger proportion of children in care. Over half of the children in NYS foster care now are 10 years or older.  Some of these youth will return home, some will be adopted and others will leave foster care with no one.  No child should leave foster care without a family.  And yet, this happens to more than a thousand youth each year.  These youth face special challenges as they navigate the difficult transition from adolescence to adulthood. The following resources are offered to assist foster/adoptive families and professionals in obtaining and advocating for services and supports to ensure positive outcomes for all NYS youth in, and transitioning from, foster care.

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