Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Public Policy Leadership

First Advisor

Melissa Bass

Relational Format



The purpose of this study is to find and evaluate different programs aimed at

supporting older youth in foster care. This population of youth could be those in

high school and extends to youth who have aged out of the foster care system.

Through the evaluation of the selected programs based on a set of characteristics,

the study provides a policy recommendation for the state of Mississippi to begin to

better the lives of Mississippi foster youth. The methodology of this study is

qualitative and literature-based. Data was gathered from websites and other

published articles of the selected programs and compared to a researched list of

services that are necessary in meeting the most critical needs of this population.

The study found three programs that offered services with a high number of these

characteristics and also showed evidence of success for their participants. These

programs include Just In Time, Youth Villages-LifeSet, and First Place For Youth.

Based on these findings, I recommend Mississippi’s foster program should include

services related to mental health support, mentorship, independent living skills,

housing assistance, and provision of emergency needs. By consolidating services

to one major program and using a team of specialists approach, the needs of youth

aging out of the foster care system in Mississippi can be better met, and improved

outcomes for their futures can be achieved.

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