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Improvements in Independent Living Services Will Better Assist State’s Struggling Youth, Report No. 05-61, December 2005
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  • Youth in foster care have poor academic outcomes compared to non-foster youth, due in part to their lack of school permanency, disabilities, disciplinary problems, and homelessness.  In addition, former foster youth often struggle with self-sufficiency after leaving the foster care system.
  • To address this problem, the Legislature expanded services to assist former foster youth and created three funding sources to financially assist these youths’ transition to adulthood.  However, relatively few youth receive aid—in Fiscal Year 2003-04, slightly more than a quarter (28%) of potentially eligible former foster youth received financial assistance through the program.  There is no data on whether the remaining youth qualified for or desired assistance, as the Department of Children and Families does not have a method to track these youth.  The department has recommended to its community-based providers not to keep “waiting list” data pending formal rule promulgation.
  • The department should improve its oversight of community-based care providers by requiring contracts to meet minimum performance standards, and it should revise its contract monitoring to reflect programmatic improvement rather than contract compliance.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-30 DCF Has Improved Some Aspects of Independent Living Program Oversight; Other Long-Standing Problems Remain,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 07-11 Improved Fiscal and Quality Oversight Is Needed for the Independent Living Program, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-03 CBC Pilot Project Implementation Delayed But Proceeding; Other Initiatives Implemented, published in January 2007.
  • Report No. 05-12 OPPAGA Report: Child Welfare Transition Nearly Complete; Budget Allocation and Oversight Systems Need Strengthening, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 04-78 OPPAGA Report: Independent Living Minimum Standards Recommended for Children in Foster Care, published in November 2004.
  • Report No. 04-65 OPPAGA Report: DCF Improves Readiness Assessment Process; However, Additional Changes Are Needed, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-15 Special Report: DCF’s Lead Agency Readiness Assessment Process Meets Statutory Requirements, But Needs Strengthening, published in February 2004.

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