The Benefits of Extending State Care to Young Adults: Evidence from the United States of America (Chapter 7 in Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood).
Courtney, Mark E.
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Published: March 2019
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This chapter summarizes recent research in the United States providing evidence of the benefits of allowing youth in foster care to remain in care through their 21st birthdays. The chapter provides relevant background information about the foster care system in the United States, describes two studies that have considered the relationship between extended foster care and young people’s transition to adulthood, summarizes the findings of those studies regarding the potential benefits of extended care, and discusses the implications of the studies’ findings for policy and practice. As child welfare systems around the world increasingly continue to support young people in care into adulthood, research will be needed to ensure that these new care systems meet the needs of the young adults they serve. (Author abstract)
extended foster care; foster adolescents; policy formation; child welfare services; independent living; independent living skills; resilience; aging out