Bold recommendations for young people leaving foster care
May 17, 2019
Young people leaving foster care deserve the chance to be a part of loving families, to heal, to learn, to contribute to their communities through meaningful work - to build their own visions of fulfilling lives. However, Colorado’s current and former foster youth continue to experience systemic barriers that are in the way of these universal goals. In 2018, the Colorado legislature passed HB 18-1319 to create a steering committee charged with making bold recommendations to improve the lives of young people, ages 18 to 21, who are exiting foster care.
While Colorado has taken fragmented steps to address each of these concerns, poor outcomes persist. Young people need and deserve bold changes to dismantle the systemic barriers to their success and ensure that they are supported by all state departments and county departments of human/social services, as well as their community at large. With this report, the Former Foster Youth Steering Committee recommends changes to ensure every youth who leaves foster care in Colorado has the tools necessary to be safe, healthy, educated, connected, and contributing young adults.