Re-Examining and Re-Defining Permanency From a Youth's Perspective

e-Examining and Re-Defining Permanency from a Youth’s Perspective, 43 Capital Law Review 259 (2015).

48 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2021

Date Written: March 6, 2014

Abstract

Child welfare and judicial systems are failing our older foster children. While federal and state laws mandate that efforts be made to find permanent families, for children older than age twelve in the foster care systems, there is less than a 50% chance this goal will be accomplished. A realistic approach, that recognizes that the systems are broken and in need of a drastic re-focusing, is necessary. Not only do current unrealistic expectations cause youth to feel rejected, the lack of focus on stability and committed adult connections causes too many youths and young adults to leave foster care homeless. Further, these youth do not graduate from high school and lack the necessary emotional and financial foundations to be on their own. These negative outcomes will continue unless a serious re-evaluation of the overall objectives for older foster youth is undertaken. This article looks at the need for statutory reform and offers guidance to courts to help make these goals a reality and improve the long-term prospects for older foster youth.

Keywords: child welfare systems, child welfare, adoption, children and family, foster youth, foster care reform

Suggested Citation

Mandelbaum, Randi, Re-Examining and Re-Defining Permanency From a Youth's Perspective (March 6, 2014). e-Examining and Re-Defining Permanency from a Youth’s Perspective, 43 Capital Law Review 259 (2015)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3935298

Randi Mandelbaum (Contact Author)

Rutgers School of Law - Newark ( email )

Newark, NJ
United States

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