Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Background, Issues, Characteristics and Demographics


Lindsey R. Asher (Editor)

Series: Children’s Issues, Laws and Programs
BISAC: SOC047000

While most young people have access to emotional and financial support systems throughout their early adult years, older youth in foster care and those who are emancipated from care often face obstacles to developing independent living skills and building supports that ease the transition to adulthood. Older foster youth who return to their parents or guardians may continue to experience poor family dynamics or a lack of emotional and financial supports, and studies have shown that recently emancipated foster youth fare poorly relative to their counterparts in the general population on several outcome measures.

The federal government recognizes that older youth in foster care and those aging out are vulnerable to negative outcomes and may ultimately return to the care of the state as adults, either through the public welfare, criminal justice, or other systems. This book provides background on young people in and exiting from foster care, and the federal support that is available to these youth as they transition to adulthood (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Background and Federal Programs (pp. 1-58)
Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara

Chapter 2 – Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Issues for Congress (pp. 59-116)
Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara

Chapter 3 – Child Welfare: Profiles of Current and Former Older Foster Youth Based on the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) (pp. 117-149)
Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara


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