YTFG Publications

The Premise and the Promise of the California Connected by 25 Initiative (2011)

The California Connected by 25 Initiative (CC25I) was developed to fundamentally change the trajectory for youth emancipating from foster care. Through CC25I, all eight county sites set out to transform their systems of care and “connect” transition age foster youth to comprehensive, integrated, and youth-focused supports and services.  This brief highlights the successes and lessons learned through CC25I.Read More

Talking About Youth Transitions

Talking About Youth Transitions provides concrete tools to help you communicate about youth–transition issues in an effective and inclusive way.  This brief was produced by Fenton Communications at the request of YTFG. Different states and organizations will have different policy agendas based on where they are and the different opportunities available in those states. By using common languageRead More

Guide to Mapping Community Assets for Transitioning Youth (2010)

This guide seeks to help state and community leaders systematically map the supports and services available to young people transitioning from foster care, so that young people, case workers, advocates, and other supportive adults will be able to effectively take advantage of all of the resources available to them. It includes guidance regarding initiating asset-mappingRead More

Designing Foster Care to 21: A Discussion Guide for State Leaders (2010)

This brief is intended to support state leaders in designing foster care services for older youth and young adults. The brief begins with general considerations for designing foster care and permanency services and supports beyond age 18, lays out a series of design questions to guide state conversations, and includes case studies from two states that have recentlyRead More

Meeting the Education Requirements of Fostering Connections: Learning From the Field (2010)

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 created a new mandate for education enrollment and stability for children and youth in foster care. This brief aims to help agency leaders, policymakers, judges, and their partners understand and respond effectively to the education requirements of Fostering Connections by reflecting on lessons learned fromRead More

Connected by 25: Effective Policy Solutions for Vulnerable Youth (2010)

In an effort to strengthen philanthropic investments among its membership, the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTF G) asked a group of policy experts to provide recommendations on how foundations can work to encourage effective policy solutions on issues affecting youth in transition to adulthood. 1  The primary challenge was to think beyond the systemic silos that so deeplyRead More

Connected by 25: Financing Policies and Practices that Support Permanency for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (2009)

This brief explores the range of partners and resources that program and community leaders can engage to support permanency for youth aging out of the foster care system. It draws on the experiences of the field and the FCWG demonstration sites and aims to further inform those efforts. Download Publication

Connected by 25: Financing Housing Supports for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (2009)

This brief aims to help policymakers,child welfare administrators, program developers, and community leaders address the housing needs of youth aging out of foster care. This brief presents five financing strategies, highlighting key funding sources, stakeholders, and considerations for implementation. Lastly,it highlights noteworthy programs nationwide that have successfully implemented these financing strategies. Download Publication

Ensuring Youth Transitioning from Foster Care are Connected by 25: Lessons Learned from the Foster Care Work Group (2009)

This publication that follows describes the rich implementation experiences, promising approaches, and significant accomplishments of the leaders of FCWG’s national demonstration—the Connected by 25 Initiative. In addition to the critical lessons learned from the co-investment demonstration, the experience of FCWG as an active and engaged funder collaborative during the past six years also is an interesting story worth telling.Read More

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