Continuing in Foster Care Beyond Age 18: How Courts Can Help

September 4, 2008

By examining foster youth in Illinois -- one of the few states that extends care up to
age 21 -- this new Chapin Hall study finds that a higher degree of advocacy by juvenile
courts is linked with more services for older foster youth, greater involvement by
caseworkers and adults, more positive attitudes about remaining in care beyond 18 and
a greater awareness that by law youth may remain in care beyond 18.