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Chapin Hall released a new report:

A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime: Relational Permanence Among Young Adults with Foster Care Backgrounds

The phenomenon called “aging out” includes approximately 20,000 young people who enter adulthood directly from foster care each year. Internationally, growing attention is afforded to this population as research continues to indicate a startling range of risks to their adulthood success. Few studies examine social support networks and relational well-being among this population. This interpretive study conducted in-depth interviews and created personal network maps with twenty-nine young adults participating in a program offering resources to help them make successful transitions to adulthood. The aim of this study was to explore their social support networks and examine how foster care might constrain or facilitate supportive relationships into adulthood.

This study is informed by a conceptualization of foster care as embedded in “ambiguous loss.” The report’s key findings describe the members of their support networks and discuss unique aspects of these relationships including:

  1. the distinctions participants make between the role of adult versus peer support
  2. the multiple roles and supports of inner-circle members, and
  3. the participants’ understanding of what sustains or threatens the permanence of their most important relationships. This report introduces the concept of familial support, providing a sense of family connection, as an important support provided by some participants’ inner-circle network members. Ultimately, these findings indicate that experiencing and learning to cope with ambiguous loss shapes and informs how participants interpret their social worlds and affects their sense of some relationships as seasonal, and others as permanent or enduring across the life course.

The report closes with implications for practice and policy. Learn more...


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Apr 23, 2008 By Team FosterClub


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Crazycuznit said:

Ii so amazed, and so pleased that finally that aging foster kids are getting a chance having better chance who they want, and people showing they care enough to step in. i lived in the system from time i took my first breath. children homes, foster families even RYDC, you turned 18, and no more money for them, out the door, a few got lucky enough got a ride or bus ticket to closed relative. i got lucky and blessed at right time, i was 16 taking from home expecting to returned to RYDC, my parents took me in, then adopted me 5 - 6 months 17th birthday. they saved me from a life prison, they gave me something never knew about, caring loving adult, both where PHD 2x each teachers. . this is great thing
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Jacquelynowman said:

With the passage of time activities of kids are changing day to day. Children like to spend their time in curricular activities rather than doing work on site, their educational aspects that would increase their mental criteria also.