(Toro, 2008) Toro states that policy makers have only recently begun to recognize the needs of these youth after aging. Statistics show that in the area of employment: (1) most respondents had worked since leaving foster care; (2) on average respondents were unemployed only 48% of the time since leaving foster care; (3) the average monthly income when working equaled approximately $598. (Toro,
Education statistics show that: (1) 41% graduated high school; (2) 16% received a GED; and (3) 25% took at least one class beyond high school. (Toro, 2008) in terms of psychopathology findings show: (1) high levels on Brief Symptom Inventory, even when compared to a low income sample; and (2) especially high means on Psychoticism and Paranoid Ideation (scores approximately double as compared to normal scores). (Toro, 2008)
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
This work has clearly demonstrated that while there are many provisions for assisting youth aging out of foster care that the provisions of services varying from one state and locality to another.
Youth aging out of foster care are a high-risk group in several areas including education, housing, healthcare, and mental health. The existing services and funding, while assisting these youth aging out of the formal foster care program still has many gaps in service provision that need addressing in order to bring about a reduction in risk in these areas for these youth.
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Sherman, Rachel H. (2004) Serving Youth Aging Out of Foster Care. The Finance Project. Issue Note. Online available at http://www.financeproject.org/Publications/servingyouthagingoutIN.pdf.