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ERIC Number: EJ791709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
The Transition from State Care to Adulthood: International Examples of Best Practices
Reid, Carrie
New Directions for Youth Development, n113 p33-49 Spr 2007
The issue of outcomes for youth who transition from state care to adulthood is not unique to any one country. Youth exiting the child welfare system, or aging out, face a plethora of problems and issues associated with the transition to adulthood. For the majority of youth, the transition to adulthood represents a process that takes place over a period of time with the support of family and friends. Research shows that relationships, education, housing, life skills, identity, youth engagement, and emotional healing are key areas that help determine how successful a youth is likely to be in the transition process. These seven pillars are built on a foundation of strong financial support that enables the necessary social supports to be both predictable and sustainable. Only when all seven areas are examined and addressed with equal vigor and determination will the outcomes for youth improve. This article explores international initiatives in the context of the seven pillars and foundation. Each pillar is briefly outlined, followed by an exploration of international policies, programs, and legislation in place to address the issue of youth leaving care. The United States, United Kingdom, and Australia are used as key examples because each is unique in the context of its political, social, and economic systems, but they share the common feature of demonstrating what best practices can look like. (Contains 41 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom; United States