The issues and challenges youth face as they age out of the child welfare system can seem daunting and complex. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help guide both young people and those who care about them to navigate this uncertain time and understand what their options are and who can help them.

Aging-out foster youth are far from alone. There are professionals in the field working hard to learn more about the complex issues these young people face in order to find solutions to the barriers to self-sufficiency. There are also 25,000 youth across the country—800 right here in New Jersey—that are facing the same challenges. Because of that, clubs have formed, publications are being produced, and organizations are ramping up their focus on delivering services to this population.  The two areas of focus below will assist youth and those who work to help them to be better prepared and more informed about what’s available to ease this time of transition.