ERIC Number: ED440163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Can They Make It on Their Own? Aging out of Foster Care--A Report on New York City's Independent Living Program.
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, NY.
Every year the New York City foster care system discharges approximately 650 young people between the ages of 18 and 21 to live on their own. This study was conducted to determine how the voluntary foster care agencies in New York City have interpreted state and city independent living regulations and implemented programming and services that lead to self-sufficiency for these young people. Also considered was whether the state and city regulations are adequate to support these young adults. Members of a task force interviewed independent living coordinators at 10 of the 62 voluntary foster care agencies in New York City. Task force members also reviewed the records of youth who had left foster care and conducted a focus group of 15 young people receiving independent living services at 1 foster care agency. Based on study findings, the task force recommends: (1) evaluation of the city's independent living program; (2) permanent housing, employment, health insurance coverage, and graduation from high school for youth who sign themselves out; (3) expansion of the core curriculum of the independent living program to include practical opportunities to find a job and other living skills; (4) funding to strengthen aftercare and follow-up services; (5) requirement of job experience and employment for all youth at the point of discharge; and (6) a permanent home for all youth at the time of discharge. Two appendixes list members of the task force and contain the study questionnaire. (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Employment, Foster Care, Foster Children, Housing, Independent Living, Questionnaires, Self Management, Young Adults
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, Inc., 105 East 22nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010 ($15). Tel: 212-673-1800; Web site: http://www.kfny.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)