Each Year Tens Of Thousands Of Teenagers Are Released From The Foster Care System In The United States Without High School Degrees Or Strong Family Relationships Two To Four Years After Discharge, Half Of These Young People Still Do Not Have Either A High School Diploma Or Equivalency Degree, And Fewer Than Ten Percent Enter College Nearly A Third End Up On Public Assistance Within Fifteen Months, And Eventually Than A Third Will Be Arrested Or Convicted Of A Crime.In This Richly Detailed And Often Surprising Exploration Of The Foster Care System, Betsy Krebs And Paul Pitcoff Argue That The Existing Structure Sets Kids Up To Fail By Inadequately Preparing Them For Adult Life Foster Care Programs Traditionally Emphasize Goals Of Reuniting Children With Family Or Placing Children Into Adoptive Homes But Neither Of These Outcomes Is Likely For Adolescents Krebs And Pitcoff Contend That The Primary Goal Of Foster Care For Teenagers Should Be Rigorous Preparation For A Fully Productive Adult Life And That The Standard Life Skills Curriculum Is Woefully Inadequate For This Purpose.The Authors, Who Together Cofounded The Youth Advocacy Center In New York City, Draw On Their Fifteen Years Of Experience Working With Teens And The Foster Care System To Introduce New Ways To Teach Teens To Be Responsible For Themselves And To Identify And Develop Their Potential They Also Explore What Sorts Of Resources Legal, Financial, And Human Will Need To Come From Inside And Outside The System To Fully Humanize The Practice Of Foster Care Ultimately, Krebs And Pitcoff Argue That Change Must Involve The Participation Of Caring Communities Of Volunteers Who Want To See Disadvantaged Youth Succeed As Well As Developing Methods To Empower Teens To Take Control Of Their Lives.Bringing Together A Series Of Inspiring, Real Life Accounts, Beyond The Foster Care System Introduces Readers To A Number Of Dynamic Young People Who Have Participated In The Youth Advocacy Center S Programs And Who Have Gone On To Apply These Lessons To Other Areas Of Life Their Stories Demonstrate That Successful Alternatives To The Standard Way Of Providing Foster Care Are Not Only Imaginable, But Possible With The Practical Improvements Krebs And Pitcoff Outline, Teens Can Learn The Skills Of Effective Self Advocacy, Become Better Prepared For The Transition To Full Independence, And Avoid Becoming The Statistics That Foster Care Has So Often Produced In The Past.
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- 264 pages
- Beyond The Foster Care System
- Betsy Krebs
- 22 January 2017 Betsy Krebs