President & CEO, Child & Family
About the Young Adult Voluntary Extension of Care:
The Young Adult Voluntary Extension of Care Act (HB5807/S0669) will extend the age of foster care from 18 to 21 in Rhode Island, providing a range of appropriate programs and services to ensure successful transitions into independence and adulthood.
This program is important because youth who exit foster care at age 18 without permanency face challenges in meeting their needs for health care, education, employment housing and emotional supports:
More than 1 in 5 foster youth will become homeless after age 18
1 in 4 will be involved in the justice system within two years of leaving the foster care system
At the age of 24 only half are employed
The negative outcomes of youth exiting foster care at 18 include increased welfare and Medicaid expenditures, higher costs of incarceration, lost wages due to unplanned pregnancies and incarceration, and other costs to our community. By supporting young adults through age 21 we can create better outcomes for overall well-being and supportive adult connections.
About Child & Family:
Established in downtown Newport in 1866, Child & Family is in its 151st year of serving children and families throughout Rhode Island. Child & Family is the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island. With state-of-the-art Community Centers in both Middletown and Providence, Child & Family strengthens the fabric of family by delivering a continuum of evidence-based program and complementary services into homes and communities to thousands of children, teens, families and elders each year. Our supports span the lifespan and are rooted in family preservation. Sandpipers Early Learning Center, Family Preservation Programs, Residential Programs for Children and Teens, Foster Care, and a variety of Elder Care Services.