Brief

This issue brief shares a framework for front line workers to use in case planning. The framework uses sustainable social capital and a stable sense of self to help support the healthy development of young people in foster care. It is a product of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

May 2, 2013

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why young people in foster care struggle with identity formation.

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    How case planning can help these youth gain a stable sense of self.

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    Why social capital is important for young people in foster care.

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    What case planning practices can enrich a youth’s social capital.

Key Takeaway

Case planning for youth in foster care is more than arranging placements and delivering services

The lives of youth in foster care are often punctuated with upheavals and goodbyes. The fallout from this instability is real — and includes losses in confidence, skills, relationships and a sense of self. The solution? Smart case planning that expands its focus to aid young adults in two critical areas: identity development and social capital.

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