• OUTCOME: A Permanent Family

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

  • OUTCOME: Racially Equitable Services

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

  • OUTCOME: A Stable Education

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

  • OUTCOME: Economic Success

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

  • OUTCOME: A Place To Live

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

  • OUTCOME: Physical and Mental Health Care

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

  • OUTCOME: Authentic Youth Engagement

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

Our Vision

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 explore our newly redesigned website and learn more about our key initiatives, including authentic youth engagement, Opportunity Passport™, and our vision for extending foster care beyond age 18 and “doing it right.” And please keep in touch by signing up for our e-newsletter
-Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Jim Casey Initiative In The News



Congratulations to all of the recently honored Foster Care Champions of Change, including Jim Casey Initiative Young Fellow Sixto Cancel and Youth Villages’ YVLifeSet Coordinator Mary Lee. Read about all of the foster care champions of change


News From The Field


CVS Health and WPRI 12 have joined forces for Community Heroes, a program that will provide $55,000 in grants to Rhode Island nonprofits that focus on health care, children, social services and military support. 

Many Young People in Foster Care Find Themselves Homeless At 18

When Tasha Jones turned
18, she didn't get a birthday party. She got her emancipation papers and a slap of reality. She had just aged out of foster care after being shuttled through 12 different homes.


Thursday night, the Bay area chapter of the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative presented a program on the success of foster children.


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