Achieving healthy and productive lives for transition age youth in foster care.

Foster youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are particularly vulnerable, as they transition into adulthood and age out of the child welfare system. Typically, they have few supportive adults in their lives and limited access to college and career options. Despite these barriers, they are resilient and can make the transition if given the opportunity. We work with partners to ensure that youth who are aging out of the child welfare system become self-sufficient and thriving adults.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards $25.5 Million in Grants in the Second Quarter of 2017, Approves New Foster Youth Strategy

(LOS ANGELES) July 17, 2017– The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced today that it approved 31 grants totaling $25.5 million during the second quarter of 2017. The board also approved a new five-year strategy for the Foster Youth Strategic Initiative, beginning with grant approvals for Graham-Windham ($720,000) and the Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work ($825,000).


Research Foundation of the City University of New York

To support the City University of New York in establishing and enhancing pathways that will increase graduation rates among foster youth

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    Memo from CalYOUTH

    August 2017

    Predictors of High School Completion and College Entry at Ages 19/20

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    Foster Youth Strategic Initiative: 2017 Evaluation Report

    August 2017

    Westat along with the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs and Action Research Partners, present the fifth year evaluation report of the Foster Youth Strategic Initiative in Los Angeles County (LAC) and New York City (NYC).

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

    July 2017

    Recently there has been a fundamental shift toward greater federal responsibility for supporting foster youth during the transition to adulthood. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (“Fostering Connections Act”) amended Title IV-E to extend the age of Title IV-E eligibility from 18 to 21 years old.

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    2017 - 2022 Foster Youth Strategic Initiative Strategy

    July 2017

    Based on the progress of the Foster Youth Strategic Initiative’s Phase I (2012-2017), the Board approved the proposed direction for the Phase II Strategy (2017-2022) at the November 2016 board meeting. On May 23, 2017, the Board approved the following Phase II Strategy implementation plan. This plan is informed by the critical input of the Board, senior leadership, grantees, experts and focus groups with foster TAY and foster caregivers to outline a detailed blueprint for continued progress in the future. The following memo provides details for the Initiative’s Phase II Strategy and summarizes Phase I learnings.

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    Systems Change Through Cross-Sector Collaboration: Foster Youth Strategic Initiative Social Network Analysis II

    January 2017

    One of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Foster Youth Strategic Initiative’s (FYSI’s) system improvement goals is to create and strengthen cross-sector coordinated efforts among grantees in Los Angeles County (LAC) and New York City (NYC).

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