ERIC Number: ED296203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Transitional Difficulties of Out-of-Home Youth.
Duva, Joy; Raley, Gordon
This document describes the population of youth needing special assistance in the transition to adulthood and the special problems they face. It describes the social systems that attempt to serve these youth and examines the deficiencies of current social policies. Promising developments in policy and practice that can offer guidance in finding solutions are discussed. After an introduction, the second section provides a summary of the general characteristics of runaway and foster care populations. The third section describes the systems that address the needs of foster care and runaway youth and inherent systemic problems. Federal policy which addresses the needs of foster care and runaway youth is discussed in the fourth section. The fifth section reviews current programs and activities being carried out by policymakers and service providers. Areas needing further research are described in the sixth section. The final section presents recommendations for needed actions and reforms to strengthen services to out-of-home youth facing transition. The recommendations discussed include amending the Vocational Rehabilitation Act to make foster care youth eligible for post-secondary and college educational assistance, decriminalizing status offenses, extending foster care assistance to youth aged 21, and institutionalizing the use of independent living services as an integral part of the child welfare service continuum. References and two commentaries on the document are included. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William T. Grant Foundation, Washington, DC. Commission on Work, Family, and Citizenship.