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By Benjamin Kerman Ph.D., Madelyn Freundlich M.S.W., Anthony Maluccio

Through a singular integration of kid welfare facts, coverage research, and evidence-informed formative years permanency perform, the essays during this quantity convey how one can in achieving and maintain relations permanence for older kids and adolescence in foster care. Researchers study what's identified approximately permanency results for formative years in foster care, how the present wisdom base could be utilized to enhance those results, and the instructions that destiny examine may still take to bolster formative years permanence perform and coverage. half 1 examines baby welfare facts pertaining to reunification, adoption, and relative custody and guardianship and the results for perform and coverage. half 2 addresses legislations, law, court docket reform, and source allocation as very important parts achieve and maintaining relations permanence. members study the influence of coverage switch created through court docket reform and suggest new federal and country coverage instructions. half three outlines various practices designed to accomplish family members permanenc...

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The volume is based on a belief that child welfare systems will better serve children and youth by redefining their role, changing it from substitute parenting to ensuring that children and youth are connected to safe, nurturing, and forever families. With a commitment to achieving and sustaining family permanence for these youth, child welfare agencies can ensure that when they leave care and their cases are closed, they will have the benefit of caring, supportive families that young people require as they move into adulthood and beyond.

12. 11 shows exits for children in care at age sixteen through their eighteenth birthdays. Permanency rates (adoption, reunification, and discharges to relatives) account for about 43 percent of exits involving youth in care at age sixteen, regardless of age at admission. Nonpermanent exits (other exits not listed separately and running away) account for another 39 percent of the exits. Children who were in foster care at age sixteen and who reached the age of eighteen still in care are listed as having reached majority and represent about 18 percent of all exits.

How much of childhood is spent in foster care? In addition, in this chapter I consider risk of entry into foster care for older youth compared with children of other ages. Finally, the issue of aging out is examined alongside the other ways children leave placement. The data presented speak to a need to see the placement of youth in broader terms. First, the data indicate that very few children spend their entire childhood in foster care. Notwithstanding problems tracking children over a long period of time, the likelihood of spending an entire childhood in foster care (from birth to age eighteen) was less than 1 percent of the five thousand infants admitted in 1986.

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