"Becoming the Best Versions of Ourselves”

Supporting Foster Youth in Transition to Adult Life


  • Leah Wasburn-Moses Miami University
  • Lizzie Rumford


Because of the chronically poor outcomes among youth aging out of the foster care system, studies in this area often adapt a deficit model. However, research shows that emancipating youth also display significant strengths and strong desires for their futures. Using Hedenstrom’s (2021) framework on successful aging out, we present results of in-depth interviews of 14 young adults in one state who recently aged out of foster care. Findings showed multiple strengths and needs in this population, including the ability to find support and a desire to serve others despite limited time and resources. Implications for those involved in the foster care system are presented.