The purpose of this policy analysis was to analyze the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (FCIA). The research indicated that foster youth often experience poor outcomes during their transition into adulthood facing high rates of homelessness, early pregnancy, criminal involvement, unemployment, lack of educational achievement, and dependence on public aid. The FCIA increased funding available to states and gives states more flexibility in the development of programs to aid youth who are transitioning out of foster care. This analysis revealed that the changes by the FCIA have not been enough in addressing the negative outcomes youth face exiting care. The studies found that the services available to youth aging out of care vary from state to state preventing states from conducting consistent program evaluations. As a result, there is still little empirical information about the effectiveness of programs offered to youth exiting care. The analysis discusses implications for social work practice, research, and policy.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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