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Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions from National Council on Disabilities

Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions from National Council on Disabilities – http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS91117

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What sorts of conditions can disabled youth face when they age out of foster care?
  • What are “connecting activities” and why might foster youth need them more?
  • What is the Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment?
  • What are wraparound services?

Description:

From the introduction:

The purpose of this report is to provide policymakers, primarily at the federal and state levels, with information about youth with disabilities in foster care, so that policymakers can begin to understand the characteristics of this population; the challenges they face; how they fare with regard to safety, permanency, self-determination and self-sufficiency, enhanced quality of life, and community integration; and how the complex array of existing programs and services could be better designed to improve these outcomes.

The main text is followed by several appendices, including:

  • Appendix A: Glossary of Relevant Terms
  • Appendix B: Relevant Federal Programs and Systems
  • Appendix C: Promising Practices and Exemplary Programs

The first two may be helpful in building appropriate vocabulary in your stories. The third might help you envision programs that give hope to your foster child characters.

Endnotes start on page 159 of the PDF file. Some endnotes refer to statements by foster care alumni.

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