Emancipating from Foster Care in the Bay Area: What Types of Programs Are Available for Youth Aging Out of the Foster Care System?

Published On: January 1, 2006

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This BASSC Monograph examines the current needs of youth aging out of the foster care system and programs developed to assist youth with their transition to adulthood and independent living. It is based upon a review of the most up to date national and state empirical research to identify what the challenges youth aging out of care face. It is also based upon interviews with program administrators of Independent Living Skills Programs, community-based organizations, and private foundations and endowments.

The monograph is divided into the following four sections:
• Description of national and State of California outcomes, conducted in the last five years, of youth who have aged out of the foster care system
• Description of local, San Francisco Bay Area interventions, innovative practices, and major initiatives that have been developed for serving these youth.
• Identification of current gaps in services and limitations of services.

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