Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Destination success: An Aging out of Foster Care Awareness Campaign Among Five Churches in Metro New York
by Gilkes, Gail, D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2015, 192; 10161699
Abstract (Summary)

The objective of this study is to bring further awareness to church members of the dilemma that faces young adults in our nation who are emancipated or who ‘age out’ of the foster care system. This is based on the theological framework of God being a God of the poor and disenfranchised therefore the Christian Community participating in social justice and communal righteousness is just as important as personal piety. Currently over 1,000 young adolescents leave the New York foster care system, annually, to an uncertain future and this study will explore how this effects; our immediate society and our nation now and what assistance the church can offer in their transition from adolescents into productive members of society. The results garnered from the study show that there was an increase in factual knowledge awareness, involvement readiness and in moral imperative and obligation after viewing the Presentation of Destination Success, Aging out of Foster Care Awareness Campaign- Among Five Churches in Metro New York.

In the future, in order to minister effectively to this population, they must become a focal point of our discussion as we go forth with the mission and purpose of the church. It is also recommended that the church community partners with social service agencies and organizations that have established a relationship with this population in order to aide in their redirection and to assist in a positive paradigm shift as it relates to their future.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chan, Frank, Awasu, Carol
Commitee: Awasu, Carol, Chan, Frank, Rivera, Orland, Sanders, Martin
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Social work
Keywords: Aging out, Foster care, New York
Publication Number: 10161699
ISBN: 9781369165616
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