Moving through different stages of life is hard. Young people aging out of the foster care system often face additional obstacles and lack community support systems. During this transitional period, they are at a high risk of experiencing homelessness. A recent Ask IFAS publication from the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences discusses this.
Understanding the Risk of Homelessness for Emerging Adult Foster Care Youth gives information about the foster care system in the United States and the transition plan for emerging adults. The article examines possible issues with “best scenario”-based timelines, risk factors, and unfavorable situations (e.g., trauma and issues related to mental health) that can harm young adults’ transition to independent living and increase their risk of losing adequate housing.
The publication provides links to resources and looks at the possibility of earlier systemic interventions. It also lists individual ways to help emerging adult foster care youth, such as organizing supply drives, helping with group home projects, or volunteering as a youth mentor.