Findings across studies that explore youth outcomes after ageing-out of care have identified a common convergence. Irrespective of time, place, and research methodology, the data paints a consistently dismal picture for youth outcomes after ageing-out, compared to their same age peers in the general population.
Generally, these youth fail to make a successful transition to independent living because of
+ underdeveloped life skills
+ inadequate education and academic achievements
+ lower levels of physical and emotional well-being and
+ lack of a stable and trusted support system that most young people rely on when moving into adulthood.
Source: The transition from state care to adulthood: International examples of best practices