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Policy analysis of the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999
by Aguirre, Iris, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 54; 1466178
Abstract (Summary)

This study is a policy analysis of the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, which provides independent living services to current and former foster care youth. The Act offers assistance to youth before the age of 18 until the age of 21 in preparation and support of a successful transition from foster care to adulthood.

The major findings of the analysis are that most foster care youth are unprepared to be self-sufficient once they exit the foster care system. Therefore, foster youth are at a higher risk of experiencing negative outcomes in adulthood, such as unemployment, incarceration, health problems, poor academic outcomes, poverty, and homelessness.

The policy analysis is presented using David Gil's framework. The analysis indicated that although the Act makes provisions to help youth achieve self-sufficiency, the actual outcomes of foster youth who receive independent living services are not concretely identified by each state.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jimenez, Jillian
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1466178
ISBN: 978-1-109-16797-9
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