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Youth Leaving Foster Care: A Developmental, Relationship-Based Approach to Practice

Wendy B. Smith


The challenges faced by youth who turn eighteen and “age out” of the foster care system began to receive greater public and research attention in the 1980s. Increased funding and services in the years since has not resulted in significant improvements in generally poor educational, employment, economic, and housing outcomes. This book presents recent research and thinking from varied disciplines to propose a biological, psychological, and social perspective that is developmentally informed and emphasizes not only the presence, but the quality, of relationships with caring adults in the lives ... More

Keywords: foster youth, aging out, maltreatment, neurobiology, adolescent development, attachment, mental health, trauma, delinquency, dynamic systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195375596
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy B. Smith, author
University of Southern California School of Social Work
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