TIme for Reform: Aging Out and On Their Own

More Teens Leaving Foster Care Without A Permanent Family

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

May 28, 2007

Summary

This report gives a background of foster care issues in need of reform from the kids’ perspective while outlining what policy reforms make sense. Included is a history of child welfare legislation that makes a case for permanency. 

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Key Takeaway

For many agencies, Finding permanent families for foster kids is not the goal

A troubling aspect of today’s child welfare system is that thousands of foster care youth are assigned the goals of “emancipation” or “long-term foster care”, not the goal of actually finding them a permanent family. And yet, a permanent family is what research shows they need to become caring kids and responsible adults. 

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