This study develops a robust set of criteria to evaluate states on their anti -trafficking protections for youth within the foster care system. Each of the fifty U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) is given a score based on their success in meeting the requirements presented in the criteria, all of which play a crucial role in preventing children from being trafficked from the foster care system. By grading the states on a detailed 32 -point scale, this study highlights the areas where states have been successful in deterring trafficking from foster care, and more importantly where states lack protections. In addition to detailing the necessary measures to prevent human trafficking from foster care and scoring the states based on these criteria, this study offers an analysis of current trends in foster care and human trafficking legislation and makes recommendations on both the national level and the state level to improve legislation and protections on this unique issue.
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