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Handbook of Foster Youth

Edited by: Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138670785
eBook ISBN: 9781351168243
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351168243
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Currently, there are over 400,000 youth living in foster care in the United States, with over 20,000 aging out of the child welfare system each year. Foster youth are more prone to experience short- and long-term adverse developmental outcomes including diminished academic achievement and career opportunities, poor mental and overall health, financial struggles, homelessness, early sexual intercourse, and substance abuse, many of these outcomes are risk factors for involvement in the juvenile justice system. Despite their challenges, foster youth have numerous strengths and positive assets that carry them through their journeys, helping them to overcome obstacles and build resilience. The Handbook of Foster Youth brings together a prominent group of multidisciplinary experts to provide nuanced insights on the complex dynamics of the foster care system, its impact on youth?s lives, and the roles of institutions and policies in the foster system. It discusses current gaps and future directions as well as recommendations to advance the field. This book provides an opportunity to reflect on the many challenges and strengths of foster youth and the child welfare system, and the combined efforts of caregivers, community volunteers, policy makers, and the professionals and researchers who work with them.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  History of Foster Care Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Foster Care Placement Process and Settings Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Neurobiological Development in Foster Youth Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Trauma and Socioemotional Development in Foster Youth Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Foster Youth Voices Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Assessment of Youth in Foster Care Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Physical Health and Foster Youth Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth in Foster Care Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Substance Use and Addiction Problems in Foster Youth Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Natural Mentoring to Support the Establishment of Permanency for Youth in Foster Care Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Youth in Foster Care Relationships with Biological, Foster, and Adoptive Families Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Factors Affecting the Educational Trajectories and Outcomes of Youth in Foster Care Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Self-Sufficiency Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Supportive Housing Contexts and Educational Opportunities for Foster Youth Transitioning Out of Care Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Human Capital Accumulation Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Access and Continuity of Transitional Living Services for Foster Youth Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Youth with Disabilities in Foster Care Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in Foster Care Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Foster Children and Youth Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Undocumented Immigrant [email protected] Youth and the U.S. Child Welfare System Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Sexual and Gender Expansive Youth in Foster Care Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Fostering “Belonging-ness” Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Child Welfare Agencies Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Systems Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Permanent and Formal Connections Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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