A Missed Opportunity to Help Foster Youth Prepare for Adulthood

Jenny Pokempner, The Chronicle of Social Change •

We owe teens and young adults in the child welfare system permanency and support so they are prepared for adulthood. The key way we plan with them for adulthood is by creating a transition plan. As part of their permanency plan, under the law we owe them a coordinated, well-resourced assistance plan as they become adults.

We have a chance to learn critical information about how states are performing on this count. But that chance is slipping away.

About the Expert

Jennifer Pokempner is a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center. At Juvenile Law Center, her work focuses on improving outcomes and opportunities for older youth in the foster care system through policy and legal advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.