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Promoting higher education for youth leaving foster care: College preparation and campus based programs

Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal
Issue 32 (Winter 2012)

Abstract: In 2010, there were 27, 854 youth who "aged out" of the US foster care system to live independently (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). Aging out is a legal event that occurs when the court formally discharges a young person from the state's custody based on chronological age. In most states, foster youth are discharged at 18 years of age; however, as a result of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Unrau et al, 2011), an increasing number of states are extending care to the age of 21. The age of majority for youth in foster care ranges from age 16 to 21 in other countries including Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and Scotland (Cashmore, Paxman, Townsend, 2007; Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, 2008; Biehal et al., 1994; Tweddle, 2007). The US college preparation and campus based programs described in this article can serve as examples for Australia of positive youth development programs that are assisting youth in foster care to access and complete their postsecondary education.

To cite this article: Hernandez, Liliana. Promoting higher education for youth leaving foster care: College preparation and campus based programs [online]. Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, No. 32, Winter 2012: 74-86. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=650634332598838;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1445-6818. [cited 09 Dec 16].

Personal Author: Hernandez, Liliana; Source: Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, No. 32, Winter 2012: 74-86 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1445-6818 Subject: Youth--Services for; Child welfare; Learning, Psychology of; Education, Higher--Curricula; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Member, National Working Group on Foster Care and Education

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