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On Their Own: What Happens To Kids When They Age Out Of The Foster Care System
On Their Own: What Happens To Kids When They Age Out Of The Foster Care System by Martha Shirk, Gary Stangler 0813341809 9780813341804
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On Their Own: What Happens To Kids When They Age Out Of The Foster Care System by Martha Shirk, Gary Stangler

Each year, as many as 25,000 teenagers age out of foster care, usually when they turn eighteen. For years, a government agency had made every important decision for them. Suddenly, they are on their own, with no one to count on. What does it mean to be eighteen and on your own, without the family support and personal connections that most young people rely on? For many youth raised in foster care, it means largely unhappy endings, including sudden homelessness, unemployment, dead-end jobs, loneliness, and despair.On Their Owntells the compelling stories of ten young people whose lives are full of promise, but who face economic and social barriers stemming from the disruptions of foster care. This book calls for action to provide youth in foster care the same opportunities on the road to adulthood that most of our youth take for granted-access to higher education, vocational training, medical care, housing, and relationships within their communities.On Their Ownis meant to serve as a clarion call not only to policymakers, but to all Americans who care about the futures of our young people.

Author: Martha Shirk, Gary Stangler

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 320

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 2004-08-17

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ISBN: 0813341809


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