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


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

This issue brief provides some preliminary estimates of those costs and benefits using data from a variety of sources, including the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth (the Midwest Study), the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, (DCFS), the 1988 National EducationLongitudinal Study (NELS), and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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