Welcome to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Since 2001, we have worked across states to improve the odds for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood, helping them build better education, employment, social, and financial skills, and to strengthen their health and personal relationships.
Our efforts are centered on a simple premise: Young people in foster care should not be on their own when they turn 18, or even 21. They need healthy relationships and networks of support. They need to nurture and exercise their still-developing brains by taking an active role in planning their own lives and making their own decisions – with support and guidance from caring, committed adults.
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-Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Annie E. Casey Foundation