Foster Care Independence Act of 1999

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Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 Before this bill was signed into law the Federal Government provided about $70 million per year to conduct programs for adolescents leaving foster care that are designed to help them establish independent living. Research and numerous reports from States conducting these programs indicate that adolescents leaving foster care do not fare well. As compared with other adolescents and young adults their age, they are more likely to quit school, to be unemployed, to be on welfare, to have mental health problems, to be parents outside marriage, to be arrested, to be homeless, and to be the victims of violence and other crimes (Cook, 1991). The need for special help for youths ages 18 to 21 who have left foster care must be recognized to understand why the passage of this bill was so important. In the majority of states, emancipation of a foster youth is not determined by readiness, but happens by statute at 18 or upon attainment of a high school diploma or GED. Research demonstrates that young people who emancipate from the foster care system experience great risk in terms of emotional, economic, and physical safety. Like all youth in their age bracket, they are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed, with the additional burden of less educational achievement and opportunity. Young people report that the transition to independence and expected self-sufficiency is often very rapid, sometimes unplanned for and unexpected , and results in their feeling "dumped" (Mech, 1994). To strengthen the system of support that contributes to the safety of young people emancipating from the foster care system we must: Increase early and consistent access to independ... ... middle of paper ... listed in alphabetical order, according to the author's last name. Tips for writing your report Create a schedule. Identify the tasks you need to do. Arrange the tasks in the order you'll need to do them. Estimate how long each task will take. Be sure to allow enough time for editing and making changes. Identify the date the report is due, then set a schedule showing what work you'll need to do each day in order to have your report ready on time. Add interest. Use graphs and charts to illustrate an idea. Add a picture, photo, or drawing. Include a map. Find a quotation and use it to make your point. Make every word count. Choose words your reader will understand. Remember you want to communicate your idea to the person reading your paper. Avoid clichés. Use a thesaurus to replace overworked words and find new ways to express your ideas.
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