CARES: Understanding How Transition Age Youth Experience their Communities Using an adaptation of CSSP’s Institutional Analysis methodology, CARES conducted a strategic analysis designed to understand how communities are able to affirm, include, and support youth transitioning out of foster care.
Investigative teams applied qualitative tools and analysis to understand how communities are organized to support youth aging out of the child welfare system.
As part of the analysis, teams also examined current concepts, theories, policies, initiatives, and accountability mechanisms that serve to create the current conditions youth are experiencing and provide the opportunities for improvement.
These quotes highlight some of the overarching themes in the report:
What if feels like it feels like to not have an understanding of what “aging out” means.
Not letting foster care define you or your future.