The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison published an issue (Vol. 39, No. 1) titled “Youth with Foster Care Histories: Emancipation and Well-Being” in June 2023. The issue explores the complexities of foster care and addresses key areas related to the well-being of youth with foster care histories. The issue acknowledges the systemic challenges that hinder access to services and support networks for children, youth, and families in foster care. It includes articles that examine the intersection of racial disparities and well-being outcomes in foster care, the barriers faced by young adults with foster care backgrounds in pursuing a college degree, and the outcomes of extended assistance programs for emerging adults transitioning out of foster care. These articles emphasize the need for targeted support, financial assistance, and access to comprehensive services to improve outcomes for individuals in the foster care system.

By Asia Leach, Policy Intern