Foster Youth (Forgotten Youth).
PO Box 27779
San Diego, CA 92198
Tel: (858) 618-1314
Fax: (858) 618-1730
Part of a series of books for young readers about children facing challenges, this book discusses the lives of foster children. Information is provided on the trauma experienced my many foster children, the lasting impact of being in foster care, the foster care system and what occurs during an investigation, finding foster parents and the challenges of placement, long-term goals of foster care, removal of a child from his or her home, the separation of siblings, the mixed emotions of foster children, the challenge of adapting to a new family, adjusting to school changes and the risk of dropping out, friendship trials, navigating relationships with birth parents, adjusting to a group home, exiting foster care, reunification and failed reunifications, adoption and adapting to a new family, and aging out of foster care. The final chapter discusses improving foster care through the reduction of the need for foster care, decreasing the time in limbo, maintaining educational consistency, giving foster children a voice, preparing youth for independence, and establishing support groups for former foster youth. Resource organizations are listed. 53 references.
foster care; foster children; Removing child from home; child placement; foster care drift; investigations; child welfare services; child welfare reform; aging out; reunification; emotional problems