ERIC Number: ED453483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Transitions to Adulthood for Youth Served by the Foster Care System: A Report on the Strengths and Needs of Existing Aftercare Services.
Nixon, Robin; Jones, Maria Garin
The transition from foster care to adult independence brings many unexpected challenges. This document reports on the experiences of young adults as they leave the foster care system. It identifies community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide support and services to these adults, and relates opinions of both in order to identify what is needed to strengthen the service system and to build the capacity of CBOs working with former foster youth. The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) surveyed organizations that provide services to young and older adults after they have left foster care. The results were used to create a service directory for former foster youth, social workers, and other CBOs in need of resources for assisting former foster youth, in addition to building a foundation of information about local community support for foster youth. This report includes recommendations for building capacity at the local levels and for strengthening the overall service system to facilitate successful long term outcomes for foster youth. (JDM)
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship, Community Programs, Coordination, Foster Care, Foster Children, Independent Living, Maturity (Individuals), National Surveys, Social Support Groups
Child Welfare League of America, Inc., 440 First Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20001-2085. Tel: 202-638-2952; Fax: 202-638-4004; Web site: http://www.cwla.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Washington, DC.