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Author Krebs, Betsy, 1963-
Title Beyond the foster care system : the future for teens / Betsy Krebs, Paul Pitcoff.
Imprint New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2006.

Author Krebs, Betsy, 1963-
Subject Foster home care -- United States.
Social work with teenagers -- United States.
Alt Name Pitcoff, Paul, 1943-
Description 1 online resource (xxii, 238 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-230) and index.
Contents First impressions of the foster care system--Teresa -- Education for foster care teens--Carlos -- Teaching teens rights --Jenny -- Policy advocacy with teens--Xaranda -- Preparing for independent living--Leonard -- Creating the Getting Beyond the System self-advocacy seminars -- Informational interviews : a bridge from foster care to the community -- System resistance to empowering teens.
Summary Each year tens of thousands of teenagers are released from the foster care system in the United States without high school degrees or strong family relationships. Two to four years after discharge, half of these young people still do not have either a high school diploma or equivalency degree, and fewer than ten percent enter college. Nearly, a third end up on public assistance within fifteen months, and eventually more than a third will be arrested or convicted of a crime. In this richly detailed and often surprising exploration of the foster care system, Betsy Krebs and Paul Pitcoff argue that the existing structure sets kids up to fail by inadequately preparing them for adult life. Foster care programs traditionally emphasize goals of reuniting children with family or placing children into adoptive homes. But, neither of these outcomes is likely for adolescents. Krebs and Pitcoff contend that the primary goal of foster care for teenagers should be rigorous preparation for a fully productive adult life and that the standard life skills curriculum is woefully inadequate for this purpose.; The authors, who together cofounded the Youth Advocacy Center in New York City, draw on their fifteen years of experience working with teens and the foster care system to introduce new ways to teach teens to be responsible for themselves and to identify and develop their potential. They also explore what sorts of resources - legal, financial, and human - will need to come from inside and outside the system to more fully humanize the practice of foster care. Ultimately, Krebs and Pitcoff argue that change must involve the participation of caring communities of volunteers who want to see disadvantaged youth succeed, as well as developing methods to empower teens to take control of their lives. Bringing together a series of inspiring, real-life accounts, "Beyond the Foster Care System" introduces readers to a number of dynamic young people who have participated in the Youth Advocacy Center's programs and who have gone on to apply these lessons to other areas of life. Their stories demonstrate that more successful alternatives to the standard way of providing foster care are not only imaginable, but possible.; With the practical improvements Krebs and Pitcoff outline, teens can learn the skills of effective self-advocacy, become better prepared for the transition to full independence, and avoid becoming the statistics that foster care has so often produced in the past.
Note Print version record.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
ISBN 0813540151 (electronic bk.)
9780813540153 (electronic bk.)
0813538289 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780813538280
OCLC # 76882412
Additional Format Print version: Krebs, Betsy, 1963- Beyond the foster care system. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2006 0813538289 (DLC) 2005024941 (OCoLC)61461552


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