January 28, 2020 Press Releases

Coalition Letter Supporting the Increasing Opportunities for Former Foster Youth Act (S.3025)

Results for America is leading a coalition of leaders and organizations — including state and local governments; national early childhood, elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, youth development, foster care, and maternal infant care, and evidence-based policy-making organizations; and research and technical assistance organizations that promote the use of evidence — that has offered its strong support for the Increasing Opportunities for Former Foster Youth Act (S.3025), bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

In 2018, approximately 18,000 youth aged out of the foster care system across the United States. Yet, few programs exist to support their transition to independence, or to increase the knowledge of the effectiveness of these programs.

S. 3025 would commit $100 million over five years to support programs aimed at helping older youth in foster care transition into adulthood. This new federal grant program would award validation grants to local governments, state governments, or private service providers proposing to invest federal funds in interventions with preliminary evidence of effectiveness; development and replication grants to support interventions that are working to build causal levels of evidence and interventions with the strongest evidence of effectiveness.

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