Promoting Stability For Youth Returning From Residential Care: Attorney Perspectives.
Tyler, Patrick M. Trout, Alexandra L. Huscroft‐D'Angelo, Jacqueline. Synhorst, Lori L.
Published: Summer 2018
Juvenile and Family Court Journal
Vol. 69, No. 3 , p. 5-18
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
PO Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
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Aftercare services have been suggested to improve reintegration for youth departing residential care programs. The purpose of this study was to collect views from legal professionals about the challenges youth and families face during reintegration and solutions to improve stability. Views were collected from 14 legal professionals (e.g., guardian ad litem, legal counsel) through a survey and 90‐minute nominal group technique focus group. Results indicated parent expectations about re‐entry and lack of services, supports and resources were challenges. Solutions suggested by participants included family, mental health and educational supports, and transition planning. Study limitations and future implications are discussed. (Author abstract)
residential care institutions; placement stability; foster adolescents; reentry; barriers; Lawyers; child advocacy; mental health services; family reunification; child welfare reform; PARENTAL EXPECTATIONS; GUARDIANS AD LITEM