Aging Out of Foster Care: An Update on the Chicago Foster Care Project
Among recent innovations at the Law School are the Chicago Policy Initiatives - a set of research projects, run by our faculty with the help of both students and alumni, on a variety of subjects. You may have heard, for example, about the Chicago Judges Project, run by Cass Sunstein and others. Equally successful has been the Chicago Foster Care Project, run by Emily Buss. This project has focused on the difficulties faced by children as they "age out" of foster care, and various possibilites of how these difficulties might be mitigated. In November, 2005, Professor Buss delivered a Chicago's Best Ideas talk on this project. In May 2007, Professor Buss and some of her students gave a lunchtime talk bringing the Law School community up to speed on the current state of the project. Listen to the discussion here. You might also want to check out some of the concrete results of her work at the Foster Care to Adulthood Wiki, summing up the legal landscape of foster care age-outs in all 50 states.