ERIC Number: ED477793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Emancipating from Foster Care in California: Findings Using Linked Administrative Data.
Needell, Barbara; Cuccaro-Alamin, Stephanie; Brookhart, Alan; Jackman, William; Shlonsky, Aron
This study examined characteristics of youth emancipated from child welfare (ECW) and probation (EPR) supervised foster care; receipt of mental health services for emancipating youth; births to emancipating females; deaths of youth who emancipated from foster care; receipt of Medi-Cal due to AFDC/TANF, SSI/disability, or medical indigence after emancipation; and receipt of GED, community college enrollment, California Youth Authority involvement, and state prison involvement for emancipating youth. Data were collected from seven state agencies that served youths, linked, and provided to the researchers. Results indicated that youth emancipating from the child welfare system who had 5 or more placements generally experienced the worst outcomes. A substantial minority of young women became pregnant in child welfare supervised foster care, or shortly after emancipation. About 40 percent of ECW youth were in foster care for more than 5 years, and over 60 percent were female. ECW and EPR youth received some mental health services before emancipation. About 75 percent of EPR youth were male, and most were placed in group or FFA homes. Few youths progressed through the community college system. A small proportion of males entered the state prison system after leaving child welfare. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Early Parenthood, Educational Attainment, Foster Care, Foster Children, Mental Health, Postsecondary Education, Pregnancy, Secondary Education, Self Supporting Students, Social Services, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
Center for Social Services Research, University of California at Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, 120 Haviland Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-7400. Tel: 510-642-1899; Fax: 510-642-1895; Web site: http://cssr.berkeley.edu/childwelfare.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Social Services, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.
Identifiers - Location: California