Too Young to Understand, But Old Enough to Know Better: Defining the Rights of Transition-Age Youth in the Child Welfare System.
Denver Law Review
Vol. 94, No. 4 , p. 567-604
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
This article critiques a provision in the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act that requires States to provide foster youth with a list of their rights with respect to education, health, visitation, and court participation. It highlights the legal paradox facing transition-age youth and questions the validity of "rights" without enforcement. The article emphasizes the need for culture change within the child welfare community to appropriately integrate current research into policy and practice in the pursuit of achieving better life outcomes for older youth transitioning from care. 348 references. (Author abstract modified)
aging out; independent living skills; independent living; foster adolescents; federal laws; child welfare laws; childrens rights; child welfare reform; PL 113-183