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ERIC Number: EJ978952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
Distinct Subgroups of Former Foster Youth during Young Adulthood: Implications for Policy and Practice
Courtney, Mark E.; Hook, Jennifer L.; Lee, JoAnn S.
Child Care in Practice, v18 n4 p409-418 2012
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 ("Fostering Connections Act") fundamentally changed the nature of federal support for young people in state care by extending entitlement funding under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to age 21 beginning in FY2011. While the Fostering Connections Act provides states with entitlement funding and great flexibility in terms of the nature of the care being provided for young adults, it also imposes considerable responsibilities on the states, and the young people themselves, in order for states to receive reimbursement; young people who do not or cannot participate in the activities required for eligibility, and who do not meet the yet-to-be determined criteria for a "medical condition," will not be eligible to remain in care. It remains unclear how many states will take up the option made available under the Fostering Connections Act to extend foster care past 18, and, for those states who take up the option, how they will implement the provisions directed towards young adults. Information on the characteristics and needs of former foster youth making the transition to adulthood is sorely needed to assist states as they decide whether and how to implement the Fostering Connections Act older youth provisions. In this paper, the authors use information provided by young people participating in the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth ("Midwest Study") to identify distinct subgroups of young adults making the transition to adulthood based on their experiences across several key transition domains. The characteristics of these subgroups call for a nuanced approach to policy and practice directed towards foster youth in transition. Some of the subgroups may be difficult to serve under the policy framework provided by the Fostering Connections Act. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Iowa; Wisconsin; Illinois