Fostering Futures: Supporting Youth Transitions Into Adulthood

To help address the unique challenges faced by older foster youth, CASA Sacramento is one of eleven programs awarded grant funds to implement National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association’s new project for its volunteer child advocates, titled Fostering Futures. Funding from the Wal-Mart Foundation allows National CASA to support local CASA program efforts to recruit, train and retain volunteers to work with older youth.

Youth older than age 13 are far less likely to be adopted and more likely to age out of the foster care system with little or no adult support. Fostering Futures will engage CASA volunteers as advocates for and advisors to foster youth ages 13 – 21, with the goal of helping them develop specific transition plans, identify supportive adult connections, and achieve positive outcomes once they transition out of foster care.