Providing the Service, Maximum Potential, to Foster Parents

2859 Words Feb 17th, 2018 11 Pages
The transition to adulthood is often difficult for youth in foster care and those who have aged-out of care. The many challenges seem insurmountable and the costs to society are tremendous. The costs of intervening early and with the right kinds of support those that build and strengthen families, are developmentally appropriate for children and youth, and ensure that their education, employment, and family connections goals are met seem small by comparison. The likelihood of reaching educational milestones is slim and are less likely to be employed, and more likely to rely on public benefit programs. Much can be done to prevent the hardships that aging out of foster care often brings, so that all are “connected by 25” and achieve their educational objectives, establish connections to employment, and have strong family relationships, stable housing, with the goal that every young person in foster care will develop and reach their full potential. These youth can be helped with effective programs that take a comprehensive approach, using a strategic combination of services, job training, and employment, along with alternative education options and skills training. Such programs exist, but there are not enough of them, and they lack funding, even though they demonstrate success and represent significant saving over the…
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