The purpose of this project was to conduct a policy analysis of the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 and determine the impact that the act has had on foster youth in California. Publicly available data were used for the analysis. The act increased the funds that states receive to assist foster youth in their transition to adulthood by teaching them skills for independent living.
Many foster youth continue to experience homelessness, incarceration, unemployment, and poor physical and mental health. Additionally, many former foster youth in California who were homeless reported that they were not prepared for independent living, did not have a realistic plan for emancipation, and were not actively involved in developing their discharge plans. Also, many foster youth continue to be emancipated at age 18 in California even though the act extended services to youth ages 18 to 21.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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