youth studyingResources

On this page you will find links to websites, publications, and other sources of information that we have found particularly helpful and relevant to our work. Additional resources are frequently added – please contact us if there is information you would be interested in having us include on this page.

Recommended reading

The Adolescent Brain: new research and its implications for young people in foster care - Issue Brief by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, 2011

Authentic Youth Engagement: Youth-Adult Partnerships - Issue Brief by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, 2012

Foster Care to 21: Doing it Right - Issue Brief by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Iowa’s Blueprint for Forever Families – May 2010

Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth - Chapin Hall

Useful Data Sources

2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book: The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book. This publication provides state and national data on key indicators of child well-being across four domains—economics, education, health, and family and community—and state rankings.

Iowa Education Data: Important measures of student enrollment and achievement are available on the Iowa Department of Education website

Iowa Kids Count: County level data on key indicators of child well-being published annually by the Child and Family Policy Center

Iowa Youth Survey Trend Report: Contains comparisons across the last three survey administrations using a youth development results framework.

U.S. Census Bureau – American Fact Finder

Links to Organizations and Resources

Iowa Department of Human Services: Provides children and family services, financial support, medical assistance and mental health and disability services.

YSS: A nonprofit organization providing prevention, education, treatment, and residential services to children, youth, and families. Lead agency for the Iowa Aftercare Services Network (IASN).

Youth Transition Funders Group: A national network of funders that support the economic success of young people.

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative: A national and state-based organization that offers support to youth who are aging out of foster care.

American Youth Policy Forum: Identifies and synthesizes research information on timely youth issues, and provides forums for discussions on education and youth policy, practice, and research.

Child Trends: A research center that studies and provides detailed data on children at all stages of development.

National Youth in Transition Database: A new federal reporting system created to track independent living services and outcomes data for youth transitioning out of foster care.

NYTD Data Brief #5: Outcomes reported by young people at ages 17, 19, and 21 (Cohort 1).

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:  Ending Youth Homelessness: A Guidebook Series: This guidebook provides an overview of federal partners’ expectations and promising strategies for system planning to end youth homelessness.

Child Welfare League of America: A coalition of private and public agencies serving children and youth who may have experienced abuse, neglect, or family disruption.

AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential): Iowa’s Foster Care Youth Council

Eyes Open Iowa: Provides young people with comprehensive sexual health information and services.

I Am in Control: Informative blog for teens managed by the Iowa Department of Public Health.


IASN Outcomes

2016 IASN Annual Report

2016 IASN Annual Outcomes Report

Normalcy issue brief 2016

Normalcy Poster 11x17
IASN Outcomes Report 2015
IASN outcomes report 2015
Youth Engagement Issue Brief
Youth involved transition planning issue brief 2014
Youth Engagement Engaging youth in planningposter (11x17) 2014