The Role of Social Support in the Transition From Foster Care to Emerging Adulthood.
Jones, Loring Paul.
San Diego State University.
Journal of Family Social Work
Vol. 17, No. 1 , p. 81-96
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Many youth leave foster care with disrupted relationships with their family and others in their social networks. Previous research has documented the severe adversity that former foster youth face in the transition to young adulthood. Perhaps some difficulties are at least partially related to a lack of social support that results from frayed relationships. This article reviews the literature on social support, particularly as it relates to foster youth, for the purpose of examining the role that formal and informal supports play in the transition to adulthood. The implications of this literature for successful transitions for former foster youth are discussed, as well as ways child welfare workers can engage youth and their families, and help them develop supportive social networks. (Author abstract)
foster care alumni; foster adolescents; literature reviews; family support systems; independent living skills; interpersonal relationships; peer relationships