The State Of Foster Care

GUESTS: Mark Courtney Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin, Madison Co-Author, Foster Youth Transitions to Adulthood: Outcomes 12 to 18 Months After Leaving Out-Of-Home Care [Institute of Research on Poverty] Valli Matthews Community Education Coordinator, For Love of Children, Washington DC Though foster care is supposed to be a temporary arrangement, many children bounce from home to home for years, until they've aged out of the system. For those turned out of foster care at 18, the transition from teen to adult is abrupt. With little or no guidance, they must now find jobs, feed and clothe themselves and take complete responsibility for their well-being.