Keeping Kids Connected: Let's 'Age Out' the Term 'Aging Out.'
Walker, Imahny. Mayers Paszto, Eileen.
Published: July-August 2017
Fostering Families Today
Vol. 17, No. 3 , p. 14-16
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This article explains there is an inherently deficient approach to policies and programs that focus on helping young people in foster care "age out" or "emancipate" that is not congruent with permanency and a strength-based approach to child welfare. It suggests the abolishment of words and programs that would not be used by people regarding their birth children and a focus on ensuring foster adolescents have connections with nurturing adults.
aging out; foster adolescents; independent living; independent living skills; child welfare reform; interpersonal relationships; permanency; Strengths assessment