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ERIC Number: ED531545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
After Foster Care and Juvenile Justice: A Preview of the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation. Policy Brief
Muller-Ravett, Sara; Jacobs, Erin
Young people who are leaving the foster care and juvenile justice systems often experience a difficult transition to adulthood that is characterized by a number of troubling outcomes, including poverty, low levels of education and employment, and housing instability. While some services are available for these populations, there is little evidence about which services work best and for whom. This brief provides an overview of the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation, one of the largest and most rigorous evaluations of services for youth who are leaving the foster care and juvenile justice systems. It summarizes the policy context for the evaluation, describes the characteristics of the early study sample, offers preliminary observations from the beginning of the study, and lays out a timeline for the next steps in the evaluation. The findings from this evaluation will be important for both policymakers and practitioners who wish to improve the future prospects of young people who are aging out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: MDRC