The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (FCIA) was enacted to better prepare youth emancipating from the foster care system into adulthood and self-sufficiency. This study utilized David Gil's framework as a lens to politically analyze the FCIA. Historically, research has shown that emancipated foster youth faced poor outcomes once exiting care, specifically in the areas of education, employment, housing, and involvement with the criminal justice system among other areas. The FCIA calls for the states to be held accountable in services provided and reports of outcome measures. In analyzing the FCIA, it was found that although extensive services are offered to youth pre- and post-emancipation until they turn 21, they are still prone to adverse outcomes when leaving care. Similarities were found in regards to emancipated foster youth outcomes before the passage of the FCIA and after its implementation. Implications for social work practice and future research are also addressed in this study.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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