CWLA is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of Child Welfare journal, “Twenty Years after the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (‘Chafee’): What We Know Now About Meeting the Needs of Teens and Young Adults.”

Teens and young adults account for about 25% of the general population, but make up more than 34% of individuals in foster care. Ample research has documented the experiences of youth who exit the child welfare system — many depart the system ill-prepared for life on their own, devoid of family and other environmental supports to help them. This two-part special issue delves into the challenges facing older teens and young adults as they navigate the foster care system, age out, and prepare for adulthood. Order your copies today.

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