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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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The Longer Term Contributions of Formal and Informal Support

The Longer Term Contributions of Formal and Informal Support

Experiences of Jordanian Care Leavers

(p.221) 11 The Longer Term Contributions of Formal and Informal Support
Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood

Rawan W. Ibrahim

Oxford University Press

Drawing on the findings of a qualitative follow-up study of 29 Jordanian care leavers, this chapter demonstrates how a combination of formal and informal support has contributed positively to care leavers’ longer term outcomes. The support that the care leavers were offered by the growing formal entities, as well as their affiliation with adults and families outside care, enabled them to deal successfully with issues such engaging in higher education, achieving security in accommodations, and home ownership. The chapter demonstrates that the young adults were able to use the opportunities given to them to achieve progress despite an economic climate that challenges all young people and an often-unforgiving social context that strongly stigmatizes care leavers. Focusing on factors that promote positive outcomes for care leavers, this chapter offers considerations for practice and for policy and contributes to the growing body of international research on this topic generally, and specifically from developing economies.

Keywords:   leaving care, longer term contribution, positive outcomes, developing economy, Jordan, Middle East

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