Every year approximately 150 young adults emancipate, or “age out” of foster care in Santa Clara County. This means having to find a place to live, a job, as well as the means to support themselves and pay for education, often with little or no support from family.
Research and studies have shown that most individuals from intact families receive emotional support for a lifetime and some level of financial support until their mid-twenties. Upon aging out, many foster youth find themselves with neither, and often struggle just to “get by”. Santa Clara County is committed to improving the lives and outcomes of youth who have been cared for by the child welfare system.
Transitioned Age Youth (TAY) services and programs connect youth ages 16 to 24 to opportunities, experiences, and supports to propel them to self-sufficiency.
In order to promote self-sufficiency, TAY services focus on key areas that have the greatest impact on youth’s transition into adulthood including:
- Financial literacy
- Independent living skills
Youth in foster care have been brought into “the system” by child welfare for their own protection and safety due to abuse and neglect. It is our goal to help these young people to have better experiences while in care and to have better outcomes as they become adults as they have found themselves in tough situations through no fault of their own.