Published by the University of Chicago's Chapin Hall Center for Children, this research report provides data on employment outcomes of children who "aged out" of foster care --- exit foster care near or at their eighteenth birthday --- in California, Illinois, and South Carolina during the mid 1990s. The report discloses information on when these children begin to earn income, how long over a 13-quarter period they maintained income, and the amount of earned income received over this time period. These results are then compared to income earnings from foster children who were reunified with their parents prior to their eighteenth birthday, and earnings of low-income youth. According to the study, youth aging out of foster care earn significantly less than youth in any of the comparison groups both prior to and after their eighteenth birthday. Going beyond statistical analysis and comparisons, this report also gives background information on the foster care system, information on the 1999 Foster Care Independence Act, and more. The actual report contains seven sections and each section can be viewed individually.


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