The purpose of this study was to analyze the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999. Findings revealed that many foster youth live in the foster care system until their 18th birthday. Former foster youth face several risk factors when leaving the foster care system such as: lack of education and financial difficulties, substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, unemployment, early parenthood, physical/mental health issues, and barriers to health care. The policy intended to address these issues by providing states with more funding and flexibility when implementing independent living programs that were meant to support youth during their transition to adulthood. The analysis found that although independent living programs have improved, flaws lie within the policy and long term effects of independent living services are still relatively unknown. The analysis also discusses future implications for research, policy, and practice.
|Advisor:||Chambers, Ruth M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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