Foster Youth: Transitioning From Foster Care into Self-Sufficient Adulthood (Chapter 25 in Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. 3rd Ed.)
Delgado, Melanie. Fellmeth, Robert C.
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This chapter explains how attorneys can effectively represent older foster youth who are preparing to age out of the foster care system. It reviews federal law leading up to the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, key provisions of Fostering Connections, lessons learned from California’s Fostering Connections program, laws and policies impeding foster youths’ transition to self-sufficiency, specialized federal and State disability programs, and special education considerations. A checklist for attorneys is provided. 102 references.
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living; independent living skills; child advocacy; lawyers role; federal laws; California; barriers; special education; child welfare services; FOSTERING CONNECTIONS TO SUCCESS AND INCREASING ADOPTIONS ACT OF 2008