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.  
 
I encourage you to keep in touch by signing up for our e-newsletter, and be sure to visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation website to learn more about the integration of our work into the broader Casey portfolio.
 
-Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Annie E. Casey Foundation
 

 

  • OUTCOME: a Permanent Family

    Connect each young person with a permanent family or committed, caring adult by the time they leave foster care.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: Racially equitable services/Supports

    Make sure each young person leaving foster care has racially and ethnically equitable services and supports.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: A Stable Education

    Provide a stable education and postsecondary opportunities for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: Opportunities for Economic Success

    Create opportunities for economic success for all young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: a place to live

    Provide safe, affordable housing to young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: physical and Mental Health Care

    Provide access to physical and mental health care for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: Young People Shape Their Future

    Make sure young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood get to shape their own futures.

    Make it happen

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Success Beyond 18 PSA

National Foster Care Month:

SIXTO CANCEL WITH Katie COuric

We are so proud of our Young Fellow, Sixto Cancel, who tirelessly advocates for his peers in foster care. Sixto appeared on The Katie Couric Show last week as part of a special segment for National Foster Care Month. He was terrific!

Watch

JIM CASEY INITIATIVE LAUNCHES NEW FOSTER CARE EFFORT IN MISSISSIPPI

On July 18, 2014, a group of 30 young people in the Mississippi foster care system released Mississippi Youth Voice, a set of recommendations designed to help the state take a more youth-centered approach to designing foster care services.

Read the report

When I entered foster care I was hurt, I was angry, I was frustrated and I was quiet. I thought I was the only one going through something. But I learned that caseworkers care, strangers care, and the young people on the youth leadership board—they care about me.

—Jasmine

The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is a national initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.