Influence of Staff Attitudes and Capacity on the Readiness to Adopt a Career Development and Employment Approach to Services in Child Welfare Systems.
Gates, Lauren B. Hughes, Andrea. Kim, Da Hye.
Published: September-October 2015
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 9, No. 4 , p. 323-340
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Young adults aging out of the nation's child welfare systems are often ill prepared to join the labor force. Poor vocational outcomes are partially explained by a lack of readiness to adopt best practice by foster care agency supervisors and staff. Findings from a survey that explored the influence of supervisor and staff capacity and attitudes on uptake of career development and employment best practices are presented. Implications are discussed for utilizing the survey as a tool to assist agency leadership in planning and implementing changes that support the vocational services needed to ensure the successful transition of young adults in foster care to the adult work world. (Author abstract)
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living skills; child welfare workers; social workers attitudes; evidence based practice; professional training; supervisors role; employment