Sneak Preview: Mich. Aims To Boost Youth in Transition Outcomes

April 18, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Michigan human services officials plan to work with the federal government to evaluate data and surveys on youth transitioning from foster care to self-sufficiency to ensure the program achieves desired outcomes.

A “youth in transition” from foster care is a 14- to 21-year-old youth who is currently placed with an eligible foster care provider or was previously placed in foster care until age 18. Through the Youth in Transition program, the Michigan Department of Human Services helps youth transition from the state’s foster care system into adulthood with the ability to care for themselves physically, socially, economically and psychologically.

In an audit of the state’s Youth in Transition program from 2008 to 2011, the Michigan Office of the Auditor General found that DHS had not developed or implemented a comprehensive process to evaluate the outcomes and value of the services it provided to transitioning youth. The OAG considered this a material weakness. “As a result, DHS limited its ability to identify weaknesses or gaps in its services for transitioning youth, establish and strengthen accountability for the expenditure of public funds, maximize resource allocations and demonstrate the success of its efforts to assist transitioning youth,” the OAG said.

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