This study utilized David Gil's framework to politically analyze the California Fostering Connections to Success Act of 2010. The unfavorable outcomes for the youth were evident since the passing of Independent Living Initiative in 1986 and the Foster Care Independence Act in 1999. After 25 years, history continues to reflect the harsh reality, challenges, and poor outcomes in various domains such as education, socioeconomic status, housing, criminal involvement, and utilization of public aid as youth transitioned to self sufficiency. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act became a law in 2008 and revolutionized the child welfare policies and programs with the goal of enhancing the outcomes of the welfare of the children and by extending the foster care services for the young adults in foster care ages 18 to 21. This important piece of legislation is optional for each state and California elected to participate by passing the California Fostering to Success Act also known as Assembly Bill 12 in October 2010. This study delved into the problems and challenges youth often experienced during transition from the child welfare system, the relevant legislations promoting better outcomes for our former foster youth, the significance of A.B. 12, the anticipated outcomes for the young adults in foster care, the impact and implications on social work practice, and lastly, the importance of future research.
|Advisor:||Jennings, Lisa K.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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