Uncertain Futures: Foster Youth in Transition to AdulthoodBy:
Edmund V. Mech
Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood is a critical task for youth in foster care, who are often forced to emancipate from the foster care system without any real prepraration, family support, or the education necessary to achieve gainful employment. As a result, many former foster youth end up homeless or living in terrible conditions. Uncertain Futures discusses the plight of youth who have aged out of the system. It provides meaningful, practical solutions for teaching youth to support themselves before they are forced out of care, and details programs that assist youth in becoming self-supporting once they do leave the foster care system.
For many years, I have worked in the Senate to improve our child welfare system, including the independent living program, which is intended to help teens in foster care make a successful transition to adulthood. Such teens need and deserve support and understanding. Uncertain Futures provides information and insight into the needs of such teenagers, as well as a summary of the public policies that affect them.
--Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV)
CWLA Stock Number: 8692
Publication Date: 2003