As of September 2007, there were an estimated 496,000 children in substitute/foster care. Of these children, an estimated 39% were identified as being 13 years of age or older. During the Federal fiscal year 2007, states reported that approximately 29,000 young adults exited/emancipated from foster care. Many foster youth remain in the foster care system until the age of 18. Foster youth endure multiple placements as well as school placements. They have a high drop out of school rate and a low percentage of attending college. Due to the many placements, they lack skills needed to live independently. Without proper survival skills, many foster youth end up homeless, unemployed, incarcerated, and with poor health issues. The purpose of this grant is to help NextSteps with funding, which will give foster youth an opportunity to acquire the necessary skills needed to survive. This grant writer has selected the Weingart Foundation for funding for this program. The actual submission and/or funding of this grant were not a requirement for the successful completion of the project.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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