Foster Care: Challenges in Helping Youths Live Independently

While some foster care youths may be adopted or reunited with their families, each year approximately 20,000 exit the foster care system with the expectation that they will be self-sufficient. Yet many of these youths face serious problems, including homelessness, lack of employment stability, incarceration, and pregnancy at an early age. Recently, the Congress has raised concerns that ILP, designed to help foster care youths transition to living independently, does not provide the necessary life skills to complete basic education, find and maintain employment, or to otherwise live self-sufficiently after leaving care. (Author)

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