Future Savings: The Economic Potential of Successful Transitions From Foster Care to Adulthood

Annie E. Casey Foundation


This report turns the lens on young people who age out of foster care and explores four areas — education, early parenthood, homelessness and incarceration — where they fare worse than their general population peers. Readers will learn the economic cost of this shortfall and see how targeted interventions can help these youth while also erasing billions of dollars in unnecessary costs.

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  • What challenges youth in foster care face compared to their general population peers.
  • The economic benefit of doing more to help young people who age out of foster care.
  • How local, state and federal investments can better support young people and cut future costs.
  • How states can leverage the Family First Act to offer preventative services.