Utilization of Transitioning Services for Foster Youth.
California State University, Sacramento.
xi, 58 p.
Published: Spring 2015
This paper reports the findings of a study that explored the utilization of transitioning services for youth in the foster care system. Social workers working in the child welfare system in Sacramento County were surveyed (n=18) about their utilization of services for youth preparing to leave the child welfare system. The survey included questions regarding the social worker’s educational background, work experience, and ability to research services. The survey assessed for utilization of services in four areas: housing, employment, education and mental health. Questions in each area of focus centered around the frequency of utilization, the barriers to utilization, and accessibility factors. The study found that there are three factors associated with utilization of services: the length of experience with the child welfare system, ability to research services, and knowledge of available services. Sacramento County child welfare workers caseloads are higher than the recommended amount, however time constraints did not appear to be a significant barrier to utilization. 5 tables, 5 figures, and 20 references. (Author abstract modified)
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living skills; child welfare services; barriers; social workers; predictor variables; worker characteristics