Training and Preparation for Caregiving of Older Foster Youth: Perspectives of Foster Parents.
Greeno, Elizabeth J. Uretsky, Matthew C. Lee, Bethany R. Ahn, Haksoon. Harburger, Deborah S.
Published: September 2017
Vol. 95, No. 2 , p. 117-134
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
727 15th Street, NW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
How to best prepare older youth in foster care for independence remains a child welfare challenge. This article presents findings from a study assessing foster parent perspectives of caregiving and training to care for older youth. Findings suggest gaps in foster parents' knowledge and readiness to prepare young adults for independence. However, their connectedness to foster youth post-placement suggests that foster parents may be an overlooked resource for supporting the transition of older youth. (Author abstract)
foster adolescents; foster parents training; independent living skills; independent living; aging out; parent child relationships