Life after Foster Care: Improving Outcomes for Former Foster Youth

Life after Foster Care: Improving Outcomes for Former Foster Youth

by Loring Paul Jones

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Overview

This book apprises readers of the present conditions of former and emancipated foster youth, provides evidence-based best practices regarding their experiences, and proposes new policies for ensuring better outcomes for these children upon discharge from foster care.


• Presents the most up-to-date knowledge regarding the experiences and present conditions of former and emancipated foster youth

• Makes recommendations for improving services to former and emancipated foster youth

• Explains how to use an evidence-based approach and best practices to improve foster youth outcomes

• Proposes the creation of new policies to ensure the success of foster youth upon discharge from foster care

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440857409
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/17/2018
Pages: 307
Sales rank: 809,318
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Loring Paul Jones is a professor in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University, where he teaches courses in social policy, child welfare, research, and child and family policy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foster Care and the Transition to Young Adulthood 1

Chapter 2 The Transition to Adulthood in the United States 9

Chapter 3 Toward a National Policy on Transitioning Foster Youth 21

Chapter 4 Independent Living Services: Getting Youth Ready to Leave Care 34

Chapter 5 Research on Life after Foster Care 50

Chapter 6 Education Outcomes and Challenges for Foster Children 63

Chapter 7 Self-Sufficiency: Employment, Earnings, and Receipt of Public Benefits 85

Chapter 8 Housing and the Dangers of Homelessness 101

Chapter 9 Health Outcomes 115

Chapter 10 Mental Health Outcomes 126

Chapter 11 Pregnancy, Sexuality, and Parenting 147

Chapter 12 Criminal Justice Involvement 165

Chapter 13 Family and Other Social Support Networks 184

Chapter 14 Where Have We Been and Where Should We Go? 201

Appendix A Review of the Research on Independent Living Programs 219

Appendix B Review of the Research on Life after Foster Care 225

References 255

Index 297

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