Arizona youth aging out of foster care missing out on services

Nov 16, 2018, 4:56 AM | Updated: 8:05 am
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)...
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

PHOENIX — Numerous services are available to young people aging out of foster care in Arizona, but only a fraction of the intended recipients are taking advantage.

A new brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds only 25 percent of youth who aged out of foster care take advantage of services offered such as money to cover housing and college tuition.

Other services available include being connected to a case work. They can also get help enrolling in college, applying for a job, getting a state ID and opening a bank account.

“These services really support youth,” said Meghan Arrigo, associate director of child welfare policy for the Children’s Action Alliance. “They have greater rates of graduation from high school and obtainment of postsecondary education degrees. They are also more likely to be stably housed and have employment.”

Currently, the extended services are available to youth who were in the state’s foster care system and are between 18 and 21 years old. However, they are not automatically enrolled.

Arrigo said changing the current policy to makes extended foster care at age 18 automatic.

“This will help ensure that young people are able to more readily access those services, and to ensure that the message is clear and loud that we want them to participate in order to be successful in adulthood,” she said.

Arrigo added that lack of awareness of the programs is a cause of low rates. Many young people who have aged out of foster care don’t know about the extended services available.

“We need to do a better job of making sure young people know that’s an option available to them,” she said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

FILE - Migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to return to Ciud...
Associated Press

Anxiety grows that Biden administration can’t find balance on immigration

A year into Biden’s presidency, there is growing concern among some in the party that the administration can’t find balance on immigration.
1 day ago
(File photo by Jenna Miller/Cronkite News)...
Ulysse Bex | Cronkite News

Arizona jobless rate continues steady decline, workforce keeps growing

Arizona’s unemployment rate continued its steady decline in October, falling to 5.2%, down a full percentage point from two months earlier.
1 day ago
(ADOT Photo)...
Associated Press

1 person dead in wrong-way crash involving 4 vehicles in Phoenix

A wrong-way collision on a Phoenix freeway early Saturday involved four vehicles and killed the wrong-way driver..
1 day ago
(Airbnb photo)...
Tom Kuebel

Airbnb names Phoenix family as top new hosts in Arizona

Owners of a Charming Coronado Casita with 123 ratings in its first year were named as the top new Airbnb hosts in Arizona.
1 day ago
FILE - A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, ...

Arizona reports 3,655 new COVID-19 cases, 47 deaths on Saturday

Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 3,655 new COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths.
1 day ago
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the...
Ken Colburn, Data Doctors

In need of Gmail storage space cleanup tips? Here are a few to get you started

If you haven’t done much in the past to keep the clutter from building up in your Gmail account, there are a number of places where you can free up valuable storage space.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
Arizona youth aging out of foster care missing out on services