The transition to adulthood can be a bumpy road for young people, and family support is often a critical lifeline. But for foster kids who have aged out of the system, the transition is even harder, as many lack the skills needed to make the jump to adulthood. A recent study from the University of Chicago suggests that extending foster care, or providing additional support until age 21, helps aid the transition, and one Minnesota program is doing exactly that. The Division of Indian Work's Healthy Transitions program teaches a range of life skills such as resume building and job hunting, applying for college, and apartment hunting.
Korina Barry is a youth worker with the program. "All of these youth are coming out of foster care with little to no support at all, and our program alone provides them with at least one person. Just being their support, we can provide them with so much, and saving the system a lot of money because they are not ending up in jail, or ending up on welfare services," she said.