Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Background, Issues, Characteristics, and Demographics.
Asher, Lindsey R.
ix, 157 p.
Nova Science Publishers
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Hauppauge, NY 11788-3619
This book provides background information on young people in and exiting from foster care, and the federal support that is available to these youth as they transition to adulthood. It begins with a discussion of the characteristics of youth who have had contact with the child welfare system, including those who entered care, as well as those who existed care via emancipation. It then provides an overview of the federal foster care system, including the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP), and provisions in federal foster care law that are intended to help prepare youth for adulthood. Following sections discuss federal support for youth aging out of care in the areas of education, health care, employment, and housing. It explores how States vary in their approaches to serving older youth in care and those who are recently emancipated. Finally, outcomes for young adults formerly in foster care are reviewed. Chapter 2 discusses issues affecting older young as they transition from foster care into adulthood that pertain to the implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 and the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. Key issues that should be considered by the U.S. Congress are reviewed. Federal program instructions on extended foster care are discussed, as well as the option to extend support for youth leaving care for permanent homes after reaching age 16, the transition plan requirement, child sex trafficking, children missing from foster care, normalcy for youth in foster care, housing, employment and education, and the effectiveness of services for transitioning youth. The final chapter provides profiles of current and former older foster youth based on the National Youth in Transition Database. Numerous references.
extended foster care; aging out; independent living skills; independent living; foster adolescents; child welfare laws; federal laws; PL 113-183; FOSTERING CONNECTIONS TO SUCCESS AND INCREASING ADOPTIONS ACT OF 2008; policy formation; proposed legislation; US Congress