Planning a Next Generation Evaluation Agenda for the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, 2011-2014

Project Overview

The John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) was created following the passage of the Foster Care Independence Act (FCIA) of 1999 (Public Law 106-169). The program provides assistance to help youth currently and formerly in foster care achieve self-sufficiency by providing grants to States and eligible Tribes that submit an approvable plan. Activities and programs allowable under the CFCIP include help with education, employment financial management, housing, emotional support and assured connections to caring adults for older youth in foster care. In addition, the FCIA required that funding be set aside for evaluations of promising independent living programs. In response to this statutory requirement, the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) conducted the Multi-Site Evaluation of Foster Youth Programs, a rigorous, random assignment evaluation of four programs funded under the CFIP. This study was completed in 2011.

In order to build on the findings of the Multi-Site evaluation and to formalize a plan for future evaluation activities under the CFCIP, ACF has awarded a task order contract to the Urban Institute. The activities and products from this task order will inform future evaluation activities.

The point of contact is Maria Woolverton.