Transitioning to Adulthood from Foster Care

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Department of Psychiatry



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Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Social Work


Transitional age foster youth do not typically receive the types of family supports their nonfoster peers enjoy. Many foster youth experience multiple adversities and often fare worse than nonfoster peers on long-term functional outcomes. Governments increasingly recognize their responsibility to act as parents for state dependents transitioning to adulthood and the need to provide services to address social/emotional supports, living skills, finances, housing, education, employment, and physical and mental health. More research is needed to inform the development of effective programs. Transitional age foster youth benefit from policies promoting a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive, and integrated transition system of care.

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Citation: Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2017 Apr;26(2):283-296. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2016.12.008. 10.1016/j.chc.2016.12.008. Link to article on publisher's site

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Foster care, Foster home care, Foster child, Child welfare, Youth, Transition to adulthood, Transition age

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