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Specialized Case Management for Young Adults in Extended Federal Foster Care

Specialized Case Management for Young Adults in Extended Federal Foster Care
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Urban Institute highlights the types of challenges and emerging program and policy practices child welfare agencies and other providers and stakeholders are dealing with to address the needs of transition-age youth in extended foster care. Furthermore, it poses recommendations for creating a responsive child welfare system for young adults since many states have extended foster care eligibility to age 21, and some provide supportive services through age 23. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25863
Authors
McDaniel, M., Dasgupta, D., Park, Y.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Urban Institute

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Urban Institutes website at: https://www.urban.org/research/publication/specialized-case-management-…

Results of the Support Systems for Rural Homeless Youth (SSRHY) Demonstration Projects 2008-2015

Results of the Support Systems for Rural Homeless Youth (SSRHY) Demonstration Projects 2008-2015
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FSYB) presents the results from a collaborative initiative with the Children’s Bureau called the Support Systems (SSRHY) for Rural Homeless Youth: A Collaborative State and Local Demonstration. This initiative focused on improving the circumstances of rural youth by strengthening their connection to support services, community, education, and employment. The SSRHY Demonstration funded six projects in rural areas of Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Vermont. Each project worked with transition age youth who had few or no connections to supportive family structures or community support systems. The report outlines the key findings from each project related to collaboration, services, and youth outcomes.

Accession number
25669
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Family and Youth Services Bureau

Year published new
2018
Availability

Full report available free of charge on the FYSB website at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/resource/results-of-ssrhy-demonstration-pr…

Resident Perspectives on Life in a Transitional Living Program for Homeless Young Adults

Resident Perspectives on Life in a Transitional Living Program for Homeless Young Adults
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article describes a study using a qualitative approach to explore the perceptions of homeless young adults about their experiences as residents of a transitional living program (TLP). The ages of the residents range from 18 to 22. The study asked the TLP residents about their expectations for themselves and others in the program and their perception of the TLP rules and structure. The results show the participants value hard work, self-discipline, and positive attitudes. However, they feel the TLP rules are often excessive and inflexible. The authors conclude that these programs should ensure the rules do not interfere with the healthy development and successful transition among the residents.

Accession number
25774
Authors
Curry, S.R., Petering, R.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

Volume new
34
Year published new
2017
Availability

Article available with a journal subscription: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10560-017-0488-2

Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs

Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), developed this toolkit to help young people in juvenile corrections and treatment programs prepare for successful reentry into the community. The guide provides instructions for youth to follow first while they are still in placement and second once they are released. It discusses common barriers that youth may experience upon reentry and provides action steps to address those barriers with the help of a caring adult. The guide outlines how transitioning youth can seek assistance from a parent or guardian, mentor, friend, teacher, and other key people. Topics include building a reentry team; connecting to support services; planning for school and work; and following probation, parole, and court requirements.

Accession number
25678
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the OJJDP website at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/251193.pdf

Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood: Pathways Transition Training Toolkit

Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood: Pathways Transition Training Toolkit
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This toolkit is designed to accompany the Promoting the Positive Pathways to Adulthood (PPPA) online training modules. The PPPA training develops the capabilities of direct service providers who work with youth and young adults ages 14 to 29 who have serious mental health needs. The training is also intended for use by peer support and family service providers. To assist with implementation, the toolkit includes practice scenarios, video segments with discussion questions, and role plays based on real-life situations.

Accession number
25644
Authors
Jivanjee, P., Brennan, E.M., Gonzalez-Prats, M.C., Melton, R., Lewis, K.H.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University

Year published new
2016
Availability

Promoting Permanency for Older Youth in Out-of-Home Care

Promoting Permanency for Older Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Children’s Bureau provides information for child welfare professionals about the importance of permanency planning for youth. This planning should include both legal permanency, such as decisions about reunification versus adoption, and relational permanency, such as identifying caring adults in the youth’s life. These adults may provide long-term support that can help youth transition to adulthood and may become a legal permanent option. The brief covers current federal legislation that supports youth permanency as well as strategies for permanency planning with youth. These include involving youth in permanency planning, strengthening reunification services, and helping youth maintain or establish relationships with kin.

Accession number
25844
Type new
Brief
Organization

Childrens Bureau

Series
Bulletin for Professionals
Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free on the Child Welfare Gateway website at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/bulletins_permanency.pdf

Preventing Homelessness for System-Involved Youth

Preventing Homelessness for System-Involved Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article expounds on three of the 20 strategies presented in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Resolution titled Addressing the Needs of Homeless Youth and Families in Juvenile and Family Courts. The first strategy discussed is the need to improve coordination between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, particularly related to transition and re-entry planning for youth who are involved in both systems. The second strategy discussed is the need for judges to ensure youth within their jurisdictions receive high quality legal representation and that courts and counsel are aware of the increased risk of system-involved youth becoming homeless. The third strategy discussed is for an increase in sound judicial leadership to improve outcomes for youth experiencing homelessness. The authors state that juvenile and family court judges can help change the prevailing public perception that all system-involved youth are “bad kids.” The article includes an excerpt from the personal story of Keyona Cooper, MSW, who entered the child welfare system at age 10, and later experienced homelessness when she aged out of the system.  It also includes a case study about Davidson County, Tennessee, which is a system actively working to decriminalize youth homelessness. Information is provided about the concurrent efforts of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice and the American Bar Association’s Homeless Youth Legal Network to remove legal barriers and improve outcomes for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

Accession number
25445
Authors
Britton, L., Pilnik, L.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Juvenile & Family Court Journal

Volume new
69
Year published new
2018
Availability

Personal Perspectives on Providing Services to Foster Youth

Personal Perspectives on Providing Services to Foster Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

In this chapter, the author highlights common themes found in the extant literature that can inform ways to address the unique challenges of foster youth students in community college. These themes include educational attainment of foster youth as a social justice issue, effective practices that support student success, and recommendations for policy and practice. Coupled with recommendations from the literature, the author offers the perspectives of students about practices at community college campuses. The chapter highlights model programs that are uniquely positioned to serve this marginalized group of students on college campuses using an academic capital framework. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25554
Authors
Whitman, K.L.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

New Directions for Community Colleges

Series
Enrolling and Supporting Foster Youth
Volume new
2018
Year published new
2018
Availability

Full-text available free of charge at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/cc.20294

Older Youth Need Support Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood

Older Youth Need Support Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This fact sheet from Child Trends uses infographics to show the experiences of older youth in foster care since the inception of the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act in 1999. It also provides a brief overview of outcomes associated with participation in extended foster care and a policy timeline that highlights child welfare policies involving older youth. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25768
Authors
Rosenberg, R., Abbott, S., Sepulveda, K.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Child Trends

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Trends website at: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/fact-sheet-older-youth-need-su…

Memo from CalYOUTH: Relationships between Youth and Caseworker Perceptions of the Service Context and Foster Youth Outcomes

Memo from CalYOUTH: Relationships between Youth and Caseworker Perceptions of the Service Context and Foster Youth Outcomes
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from Chapin Hall looks at the service context for youth in extended foster care and how the youth and the caseworkers perceive the services in this context. The authors of this memo used data from the three available sources of the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH), which include longitudinal youth surveys, caseworker surveys, and administrative data. The report presents the key findings that support increased collaboration between child welfare and secondary education systems and expanding the availability of affordable housing options for young adults. It also discusses the importance of listening to how foster youth feel about the services they receive in extended care.

Accession number
25839
Authors
Courtney, M.E., Park, S., Harty, J., Feng, H.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Chapin Hall website at: https://www.chapinhall.org/research/creating-effective-services-depends…