Research and Analysis by Laura King

Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care: An Evaluation of Supplemental Security Income Policy Change
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 73 No. 3 (released August 2013)
by Laura King and Aneer Rukh-Kamaa

This article evaluates the effects of a Social Security Administration policy change for youths with disabilities making the transition out of foster care at age 18. The change allows those youths to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments 60 days earlier than the previous policy allowed, to provide additional time for processing the SSI claim before the applicant ages out of the foster care system. The authors examine administrative records on SSI application from before and after the policy change to determine if the change has decreased the gap between foster care benefits and SSI payments for the target population.