Findings from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH)

December 2018

The CalYOUTH Study is an ongoing study designed to evaluate the impact of extended foster care (EFC) on youth transitioning to adulthood. Since 2012, the study has been tracking the outcomes of youth at ages 16-17, 19 and now at 21. Researchers are currently preparing to conduct interviews with this cohort at age 23.

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By conducting this first-of-its-kind comprehensive study, CalYOUTH answers the following questions:

  1. Does extending foster care past age 18 influence youth outcomes during the transition to adulthood?
  2. What factors influence the types of support youth receive during the transition to adulthood in the context of extended foster care?
  3. How do living arrangements and other services that result from extending foster care influence the relationship between extending care and youth outcomes?

This CalYOUTH Wave 3 Youth Survey was conducted when the young people participating in CalYOUTH were 21 years old. Click here to view the findings from the CalYOUTH Wave 2 Survey, conducted when they were 19 years old.