The 2017 Washington State Legislature directed WSIPP to complete a study measuring the outcomes for youth who have received extended foster care services pursuant to RCW 74.13.031(11). The study will include measurements of any savings to state and local governments and compare outcomes for youth who have received extended foster care services pursuant to RCW 74.13.031(11) with youth who aged out of foster care when they turned 18. To the extent possible, the study will also include a comparison of extended foster care programs in other states and a review of the available research on those programs.
A preliminary report
was released in November 2018. The original report deadline was December 1, 2019, however, WSIPP's Board of Directors approved an extension. The final report will be delivered to the legislature by May 1, 2020.