Welcome to the Transition From Foster Care to Adulthood Wiki.

This Wiki has been set up as a space for sharing information about state law and practice regarding foster youths' transition from foster care to adulthood.

This space can serve as a useful resource for those interested in improving the support provided to foster youth aging out of care, including youth advocates, judges, legislators, lawyers, policy makers, and concerned citizens. It allows those with access to information on a specific jurisdiction to make that information easily available to others. This collaborative effort will result in the creation of a convenient, comprehensive, and continually updated resource for finding information on the various legal and practical approaches states have taken regarding the transition from foster care to adulthood.

On the left is a list of the fifty United States, along with certain territories and tribal nations. Each element on the list links to a page containing information relevant to that state's particular jurisdiction, including age limits, discharge procedures, available programming, and juvenile court jurisdiction/practice.

Related Information:
For people who have already transitioned, Foster Care Alumni of America is an association founded and led by alumni of foster care. FCAA is not a service provider; it is a national association whose mission is to connect the alumni community and to transform policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care. Information can be found on their web site, www.fostercarealumni.org

Check out Hawaii's Department of Human Services for information on youth in transition from foster care and Epic Ohana's New Initiative to help youth transition from foster care.

How to use this Wiki.

Anyone may add to or make corrections to information in this space. If you have relevant information please share it by editing this space.

To do so, click on the "Edit This Page" button at the top of the page you wish to make changes to. You may then add or remove text from the page. Be sure to click "Save" on the toolbar at the top of the screen when you are finished. You and others will be able to view the fruits of your labor right away.

Additionally, if you feel that you would be a useful contact person for others seeking additional information on your state, you may add your contact information at the bottom of each page. Please add contact information for others only if: (1) the person is a public employee; or (2) the person has already electronically published his or her contact information; or (3) you have his or her permission.