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Emancipating youth from foster care: A content analysis of existing literature
by Herrera, Erika C., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 105; 1486313
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this content analysis was to acquire a better understanding of the challenges encountered by emancipating youth from the foster care system. It was revealed through the studies examined that factors such as inadequate education, lack of housing, unemployment, no health care access, and minimal support systems create difficulties for emancipating youth when transitioning into adulthood. In addition, independent living programs were also analyzed to learn the type of support and training that are provided as well as where the gaps in training exist that lead to emancipating youth being unprepared to live independently.

The content analysis reviewed protective factors related to resiliency, spirituality, and support systems that are found among emancipating youth who are more likely to have positive outcomes in their adult lives. Recommendations were also provided for independent living programs, policy change, and future research. This analysis revealed information that is valuable to child welfare agencies, social workers, and foster care parents who provide services and support to emancipating youth.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lee, Cheryl
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1486313
ISBN: 978-1-124-24314-6
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