ERIC Number: EJ772233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Youth with Disabilities in Foster Care: Developing Self-Determination within a Context of Struggle and Disempowerment
Geenen, Sarah J.; Powers, Laurie E.; Hogansen, Jennifer M.; Pittman, James O. E.
Exceptionality, v15 n1 p17-30 2007
This article focuses on the transition experiences of foster youth with disabilities, a group of students with disabilities who have often been neglected by researchers and policy makers. We begin by discussing transition outcomes for youth with disabilities, highlighting the progress that has been achieved in recent years, and noting that much of this progress is related to the effective transition planning practice of promoting self-determination. We then examine the challenging context children in foster care typically face as they move into adulthood, drawing attention to the neglect of policy and practices designed to promote self-determination for foster youth with disabilities. To do this, we describe 4 recent studies by our research group that involve this vulnerable population and stress key elements of self-determination that seem to be lacking in the context in which these youth function. We end by emphasizing the need to continue focusing on this at-risk group of young people, as well as on transition supports that promote their self-determination.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Youth, Foster Care, Transitional Programs, Self Determination, Empowerment, Children, Public Policy, At Risk Persons
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/default.html
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324S060043