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My so-called emancipation : from foster care to homelessness for California youth

Author: Elizabeth Calvin; Human Rights Watch (Organization)
Publisher: New York, NY : Human Rights Watch, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This 70-page report documents the struggles of foster care youth who become homeless after turning 18, or "aging out" of the state's care, without sufficient preparation or support for adulthood. California's foster care system serves 65,000 children and youth, far more than any other single state. Of the 4,000 who age out of the system each year, research suggests, 20 percent or more become homeless.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Calvin; Human Rights Watch (Organization)
ISBN: 1564326136 9781564326133
OCLC Number: 620348190
Notes: "This report was written and researched by Elizabeth Calvin"--Acknowledgements.
"May 2010"--Page following title page.
Description: 70 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: [pt. 1:] Summary --
California's failure --
Findings --
Support before and after age 18 is needed --
[pt. 2:] Key recommendations --
Extend support for youth in foster care beyond age 18 --
Guarantee that youth have useful emancipation plans --
Create real opportunities for youth to develop skills for independence --
Help youth establish relationships that extend beyond emancipation --
[pt. 3:] The California foster care system --
An overview --
Emancipating from foster care --
Selected federal and state laws governing emancipation --
[pt. 4:] Findings: from foster care to homelessness --
Nowhere to turn: temporary shelter; abandoned buildings, cars, couch-surfing, parks, and the streets; returning to birth families; unsafe and undesirable alternatives to living on the street; college --
California failed to prepare these youth for adulthood: no realistic plan for emancipation; no income to afford housing; basic living skills lacking; no one to turn to --
Foster youth need special assistance: the effects of childhood trauma; lack of community connection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth; multiple moves; mental health problems, disabilities, and parenting --
Support beyond age 18 is needed: young adults need support and guidance; "out at 18" is a costly state policy; the rights of current and former foster children under international law; a variety of post-emancipation options is needed --
[pt. 5:] Leaving homelessness behind --
[pt. 6:] Detailed recommendations --
[pt. 7:] Research methods --
[pt. 8:] Acknowledgements.
Other Titles: From foster care to homelessness for California youth
United States, my so-called emancipation
Responsibility: Elizabeth Calvin.

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This 70-page report documents the struggles of foster care youth who become homeless after turning 18, or "aging out" of the state's care, without sufficient preparation or support for adulthood. California's foster care system serves 65,000 children and youth, far more than any other single state. Of the 4,000 who age out of the system each year, research suggests, 20 percent or more become homeless.

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