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Influencing policy for youth transitioning from care: Defining problems, crafting solutions, and assessing politics


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  • Collins, Mary Elizabeth
  • Clay, Cassandra
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    Qualitative interviews were conducted with policy and program stakeholders regarding the issue of youth transitioning from foster care. These interviews were designed for the purpose of collecting information related to "policy and program responses needed to improve outcomes for these youth." Agenda setting theory provides the framework for interpretation of the data. The data suggest both positive and negative forces impacting the ability of this issue to gain serious attention from policymakers. Implications for further policy and theoretical development are provided.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 31 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 7 (July)
    Pages: 743-751

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:31:y:2009:i:7:p:743-751

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    Keywords: Transition from care Agenda setting Child welfare policy;


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    1. Cook, Ronna J., 1994. "Are we helping foster care youth prepare for their future?," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 16(3-4), pages 213-229.
    2. Freundlich, Madelyn & Avery, Rosemary Jane & Munson, Sara & Gerstenzang, Sarah, 2006. "The meaning of permanency in child welfare: Multiple stakeholder perspectives," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 28(7), pages 741-760, July.
    3. Daining, Clara & DePanfilis, Diane, 2007. "Resilience of youth in transition from out-of-home care to adulthood," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 29(9), pages 1158-1178, September.
    4. Jill Nicholson-Crotty & Sean Nicholson-Crotty, 2004. "Social Construction and Policy Implementation: Inmate Health as a Public Health Issue," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 85(2), pages 240-256.
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    6. Lindsey, Elizabeth W. & Ahmed, Fasih U., 1999. "The North Carolina independent living program: A comparison of outcomes for participants and nonparticipants," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(5), pages 389-412, May.
    7. Montgomery, Paul & Donkoh, Charles & Underhill, Kristen, 2006. "Independent living programs for young people leaving the care system: The state of the evidence," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 28(12), pages 1435-1448, December.
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    1. Kirk, Rosalind & Day, Angelique, 2011. "Increasing college access for youth aging out of foster care: Evaluation of a summer camp program for foster youth transitioning from high school to college," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(7), pages 1173-1180, July.


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