Post-Permanency Continuity: Experiences After Adoption or Guardianship

A decade ago little was known about youth who emancipated from the foster care system. However, researchers, federal and state initiatives brought focus to this population, increasing our understanding of the needs of these youth (Courtney et al., 2011). Today, a new population of children/youth deserves our attention: Nationally, there are 2.5 children/youth living in federally-assisted adoptive and guardianship homes for every child/youth living in foster care, yet little is known about the long-term success of these placements.

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