SOURCE: The Society for Social Work and Research
SUBJECT: Child Welfare
YEAR PRODUCED: 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore the continuity of behavioral health services for youth aging out of foster care, including the relationship between remaining in foster care after one’s 18th birthday and the receipt of services. Young adults who’ve transitioned to adulthood from foster care are significantly less likely than their peers to have medical insurance and report more symptoms associated with chronic mental illness and substance dependence well into their twenties.
The study contends that allowing foster youth to remain in care beyond age 18 is associated with receipt of vital medical and behavioral health services that many of these young adults have a clear need for and are otherwise not getting.
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