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Louisiana Program Helps Transition Young Adults Out of Foster Care
March 26, 2022
In recent years, states like Louisiana have started to rethink what the transition out of foster care should look like. Louisiana is now one of nearly 20 states that have partnered with the nonprofit Youth Villages to provide intensive, one-on-one support to young people aging out of the foster system through the LifeSet model. This story aired 3/26/2022 on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.
How Some States are Helping Foster Kids Build Lives - Good Morning America
October 18, 2019
Of the 450,000 kids in foster care, many of them are aging out of the system, leaving them homeless and helpless. But some states like Louisiana are helping them become independent. This story aired 10/18/19 on Good Morning America.
DCFS Launches New Recruitment Campaign for Foster Parents for Teens
May 15, 2019
DCFS is launching a new recruitment campaign for foster parents for teens. The campaign, launching amid National Foster Care Month, is part of the Department's ongoing commitment to improve outcomes for youth in foster care by increasing permanency and connections before they transition to adulthood.
Louisiana Should Extend Foster Care to Age 21 for All Youth, Task Force Recommends
February 20, 2019
All Louisiana youth in foster care on their 18th birthday should be eligible to remain in care until they turn 21, a legislatively-created panel responsible for studying the issue said in a new report.
Task Force on Extending the Age of Foster Care - 2018 Report
February 01, 2019
The Task Force on Extending the Age of Foster Care to 21 was created in the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature to study the feasibility of extending the age of foster care to 21.
DCFS Awarded $3M Grant to Expand Services for Transition-Age Foster Youth
October 23, 2018
10.23.18 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has been awarded a $3 million grant from Youth Villages to expand services for transition-age foster youth.
State Launches Efforts to Extend Foster Care to Age 21
August 03, 2018
08.03.18 - Gov. John Bel Edwards joined DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters, legislative leaders, former foster youth and child advocates today in launching efforts to extend foster care in Louisiana through age 21.
Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care - 2016 Report
February 01, 2017
The Task Force on Youth Aging out of Foster Care was created in the 2015 Louisiana legislative session to study the public resources and financing options for programs to assist youth aging out of foster care in Louisiana.