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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Justice Studies


Sue E. Spivey

Peggy Plass

Beth DeLullo


This research is a comparative analysis of state policies aiding former foster youth in their transition into adulthood. This research looks at policies in the areas of housing, education, and employment. The objective of this research is to see what state policies are effective in aiding their former foster youth in their transition into adulthood. Effectiveness is evaluated by the National Youth in Transition Database data and Annie E. Casey Foundation data, looking specifically at rates of homelessness, rates of enrollment or attendance in school, and rates of part-time or full-time employment. Results found that the three states analyzed (Illinois, Virginia, and New York) all have fairly effective policies. Different states have different strong suits (Illinois has great homelessness prevention and Virginia exceeds the national standard under employment) but overall, they are all effective policies.



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