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Leaving Care and the Transition to AdulthoodInternational Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice$
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Varda R. Mann-Feder and Martin Goyette

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630485.001.0001

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Foster Care as a Support System for Early Leavers

Foster Care as a Support System for Early Leavers

(p.203) 10 Foster Care as a Support System for Early Leavers
Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood

Doug Magnuson

Mikael Jansson

Cecilia Benoit

Oxford University Press

This chapter is based on findings from a research project entitled Risky Business. In the study, 92 street-involved participants in wave 1 (out of 189) had some kind of care experience, either temporary or permanent, and, of the 64 participants in all five waves, 38 had care experience. These youth left care early, prior to the transition to adulthood, in favor of independence, although foster care and related services often reappeared later. In this chapter, the authors describe the role that foster care homes and staff played in the transition out of care and as support systems for youth seeking jobs, education, and refuge from street life. These cases might be instructive for considering how to make the normative, legal transition out of care at older ages more responsive for marginalized youth.

Keywords:   street-involved, emerging adulthood, homeless youth, youth policy, foster care, foster youth, leaving care

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