Evaluating the Self-Expressed Unmet Needs of Emancipated Foster Youth Over Time.
C. Katz, Colleen. Courtney, Mark E.
Children and Youth Services Review
Vol. 57, No. October 20 , p. 9-18
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This study explores the self-reported unmet need for independent living services of young people making the transition to adulthood from foster care after the creation of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. We find that 34.5% of youth indicated that they had an independent living service need that went unmet at age 17, 27.9% at age 21 and 35.5% at age 23, with the largest percentage indicating they lacked preparation in the area of finance. Some of these youth expressed unmet need consistently while others' expression of unmet need fluctuated over time. Youth who indicated that they had mental health issues were significantly more likely to report unmet need at baseline and wave 3. Youth who indicated that they received more social support and independent living services were less likely to report unmet need at baseline and wave 3. These youth perspectives could lead to the enhancement of existing independent living skill provision as states prepare to extend the age of foster care benefits, ultimately making them more timely and effective. (Author abstract)
foster adolescents; EMANCIPATION; INDEPENDENT LIVING; needs assessment; aging out; child welfare services; mental health services