Macro Perspectives on Youths Aging Out of Foster Care.
Collins, Mary E.
v, 217 p.
PO Box 100516
Atlanta, GA 30384-0516
This book explores the impact of the larger macro systems of society, policy, organization, and community on foster youth who are aging out of child welfare services. It begins by explaining the challenges faced by youth aging out of foster care and the lack of services to address their needs. The federal policy framework is reviewed, as well as the role of macro-focused social work practitioners in creating the institutions, organizations, agencies, programs, and community collaborations that are needed to support youths with the transition from care. Part 1 of the book then examines foundational issues in research and theory. Chapters review the research on youths aging out of foster care and the theoretical perspectives on the sociology and politics of youth and young adults, with attention to normative comparisons of youth leaving care with the larger population of youth. Part 2 focuses on policy and includes chapters that review the the early origins of federal policies to address transitioning youth and the passage of the Fostering Connections Act. Stages of the policy process are examined in chapters that consider agenda-setting and implementation. Part 3 discusses several core areas of macro practice relevant to youth leaving care, including workforce development, building community supports, and programming and evaluation. The final chapter synthesizes policy and macro perspectives and pro poses next steps for developing policy, programs, and practice to help youth leaving foster care enter adulthood with safety and well-being. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living skills; independent living; child welfare services; community based services; barriers; policy formation; federal laws