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Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth: Outcomes at Age 26

April 10, 2012

The Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth(Midwest Study) is a longitudinal study that has been following a sample of young people from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois as they transition out of foster care into adulthood. It is a collaborative effort involving Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago; the University of Wisconsin Survey Center; and the public child welfare agencies in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

A 5-Year Projection of the Number of Children Reaching Age 18 While in Foster Care

April 7, 2010

Estimates the number of children aging out of foster care in 2009-13. Examines recent trends by age of entry into foster care and outlines how changes in the number entering care, their age distribution, and duration of care affect projections.

Cost Avoidance Bolstering the Economic Case for Investing In Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

April 3, 2009

This study bolsters the case for greater investments into the future of youth aging out of foster care. Cutler does so by identifying some of the costs of bad outcomes and estimating the potential savings that could be achieved if youth in foster care were doing as well as others their age. The paper looks at three important areas: education, family formation and criminal justice.