The purpose of this study was to analyze the Foster Care Independence Act (FCIA) of 1999 and its impact on the outcomes faced by former foster youth after emancipating from care. Given that former foster youth continue to experience issues of homelessness, lack of education, unemployment and incarceration, David Gil's framework was used to analyze the objectives, values and the effects of the FCIA. This policy emphasized the importance of self-sufficiency and permanency. Although it encouraged support through mentors or dedicated adults, biological family involvement was excluded. Not only did emancipated youth continue to experience poor outcomes after passage but it was also found that many eligible youth were not receiving available services. It is recommended to implement a tracking system to ensure that services are being provided to all eligible youth. Lastly, more research and evaluations of current programs are essential to work toward improvement of programs and outcomes.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public policy|
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