The purpose of this study was to analyze a United States federal child welfare policy: the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The researcher analyzed the legislation using a modified version of David Gil's model and methodology for social policy analysis.
Findings indicated that youth aging out of foster care are among the country's most vulnerable population and state continued support is needed for successful transition into adulthood. The policy's intention is to allow states option of extending care to youth up to age 21, and with the amendment of Title IV-E states get reimbursed for making provisions for extension of services. The intention of the policy is to strengthen the programs for youth in transition, get youth permanently connected, put less restrictive eligibility criteria on youth, and improve existing systems of care for children. The implications of social work practice, research and policy were discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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