Our Approach to Foster Youth
Achieving healthy and productive lives for transition age youth in foster care.
All transition age youth (TAY) transitioning out of foster care in Los Angeles County and New York City become self-sufficient and thriving adults. The Hilton Foundation works with partners to strengthen systems and policy for TAY, expand and share knowledge with the field, and advance innovative programs.
Our work through partners will help impact the lives of foster youth in three key initiatives outlined in the approved program strategy:
- Promoting comprehensive systems reform and policy change and enhancing cross-system collaboration to expand funding and increase the field’s ability to support foster TAY
- Developing and sharing new knowledge and research to guide strong evidence-based policy and practice and improve outcomes for foster TAY
- Finding effective programs and models to help foster TAY gain the skills they need to become self-sufficient and thrive, with a primary emphasis on education and career success
Special attention is warranted for three high needs sub-populations: pregnant and parenting and crossover youth, and to increase the number, quality and parenting capacity of TAY foster caregivers. In addition, based on learnings from the first five years of Phase I, Phase II of the Foundation’s strategy includes a particular focus on fathers in foster care, and the potential of technology to improve TAY outcomes.
The Foundation’s Phase II strategy builds on the momentum achieved by staying the course in directly addressing the challenges foster youth face as they age out of the system, by supporting both programs that meet the needs of particularly vulnerable foster youth, and programs that give all foster youth the skills and support they need to thrive. In addition to this programmatic work, the Foundation supports collaboration and coordination across the systems and organizations that influence outcomes for transition age youth.
Finally, the Foundation funds the development and dissemination of knowledge that will inform effective policy and practice changes, evaluate and replicate new program interventions for special populations, and strengthen the field’s evidence base.
Foundation Strategy Documents
Learn more about the first five year’s of the Foundation’s Foster Youth strategy here.Back to Foster Youth