Louisiana Ties New Extended Care Program to Evidence-Based Service for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

John Kelly, The Chronicle of Social Change •

Forty-seven states now offer some form of extended foster care – only Delaware, New Mexico and Oklahoma do not. Louisiana would become the 29th state approved for IV-E reimbursement under Fostering Connections, according to a database maintained by the Juvenile Law Center.

“It is very promising that Louisiana has made some very smart investments in transition age youth that bode well for the success of their extended care program,” said JLC Senior Attorney Jenny Pokempner, in a recent column. “While extended care is meant to provide support as young people transition to adulthood, the goal remains connecting young people with family so they have the lifelong support and love that all youth and adults needs as they grow up.”