Bridge to Adulthood: A Discussion on California’s Extended Foster Care System
California became one of the first states to extend foster care when the federal Fostering Connections to Success Act became law, offering states the opportunity to extend foster care to the age of 21 with financial assistance. Last year, The Imprint produced an in-depth series looking at the first decade of the program in California, exploring what holes still existed in a new safety net that overall has helped ease the transition to adulthood for teens in the system.
This episode of The Imprint Weekly Podcast features a panel discussion hosted by Fostering Media Connections on the state of extended foster care in the Golden State. Imprint reporter Sara Tiano moderates a discussion that features perspectives from two young leaders who experienced the system before and after the extension to 21; an expert in California child welfare policy; and one of the nation’s leading researchers on the experience of older youth in foster care.
Guest Interview Details
- Janay Eustace, Executive Director, California Youth Connection
- Jordan Sosa, Statewide Legislative and Policy Manager, California Youth Connection
- Amy Lemley, Executive Director, John Burton Advocates for Youth
- Mark Courtney, Samuel Deutsch Professor, University of Chicago