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Safety Needs to be Addressed for Foster Care Youth

In most cases, children who have been placed in foster care do not have many safety nets in place to protect them as they grow up and approach adults. Children and adolescents who transition out of foster care usually have poor life outcomes due to these severe disadvantages. They have a significantly higher chance of becoming homeless, unemployed or incarcerated than the rest of the population. However, according to estimates from several government agencies, nearly all human trafficking victims had previously been in foster care at some point in their lives. In recent years, there has been increasing evidence that providing immediate cash assistance with no strings attached is more effective at improving long-term outcomes for the poor and disadvantaged than traditional welfare programs that provide participants with services while attaching strings to the economic assistance.

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