From foster care to young adulthood: The role of independent living programs in supporting successful transitionsChildren and Youth Services Review (2005)
AbstractUsing data from the larger Pathways to College study, this article presents two analyses exploring the potentially beneficial role of independent living programs (ILPs) for foster youth. First, a comparative analysis using survey data describes characteristics of former foster youth who were enrolled in an ILP while in foster care (N=81) compared to those who were not (N=113). Second, an ethnographic analysis using interview data with ILP coordinators in nine California counties describes typical and unique ILP services, as well as the impact of recent federal policy changes on ILPs. Survey results indicated that ILP participants were more likely to be African American or Mexican American/other Latino, and while in foster care, they tended to be placed in nonrelative placements, had more out-of-home placements, and were more likely than non-ILP participants to have been taught a number of independent living skills. Ethnographic results indicated that ILP services typically use an instructional model that focuses on teaching discrete and concrete skills considered to be associated with self-sufficiency, and recent legislation has increased funding and flexibility in ILP services. Implications and recommendations for ILPs are discussed.
- foster care,
- independent living programs
Citation InformationKathy Lemon Osterling, A M Hines and J Merdinger. "From foster care to young adulthood: The role of independent living programs in supporting successful transitions" Children and Youth Services Review Vol. 27 Iss. 3 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kathy_lemonosterling/15/