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generally, care of children on a full-time, temporary basis by persons other than their own parents. Also known as boarding-home care, foster care is intended to offer a supportive family environment to children whose natural parents cannot raise them because of the parents' physical or mental illness, the child's behavioral difficulties, or problems within the family environment, e.g., child abusechild abuse,
physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others responsible for a child's welfare. Physical abuse is characterized by physical injury, usually inflicted as a result of a beating or inappropriately harsh discipline.
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disease characterized by impaired control over the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholism is a serious problem worldwide; in the United States the wide availability of alcoholic beverages makes alcohol the most accessible drug, and alcoholism is the most
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, extreme poverty, or crime. Such children are usually wards of the state. They may be placed by a state-approved agency in group homes, institutions (such as residential treatment centers), or with families who receive some payment toward care. The child's parents may retain their parental rights, and the child may ultimately return home. Under permanent foster care the agency has guardianship; the child may then be available for adoptionadoption,
act by which the legal relation of parent and child is created. Adoption was recognized by Roman law but not by common law. Statutes first introduced adoption into U.S. law in the mid-19th cent.
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 by the foster parents or others. Foster care can also provide a supervised setting for adults with mental or emotional disabilities who cannot care adequately for themselves. The concept of foster care has been extended in recent years to include care for elderly persons, on a fee basis, in the homes of people who are not family members.
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Founded in response to the lack of resources and services provided for young people aging out of foster care, Doing Good Works follows the 10/20/30 business model: 10% of all profits go towards supporting empowerment and scholar programs for foster youth transitioning out of care.
"L.A.s Head Librarian, a Former Foster Youth, Is Putting a New Spin on Career Development Opportunities." The Chronicle of Social Change, https://
There is real diversity in how states and counties are serving older foster youth, and we see an incredible opportunity for learning from each other and sharing information among our public agency partners and implementing providers.
"By building a connection to statewide higher education resources, we can strengthen opportunities for foster youth to ensure a pathway to higher education," Julia Reed, senior director of the UCO Center for Counseling and Well-Being and Fostering Student Success coordinator, wrote in a prepared statement.
Kristen Plastino, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and director of UT Teen Health, said child welfare workers have a passion to work with foster youth but that high staff turnovers make it difficult for foster care children to have stability with workers.
"Time and again, the aged-out foster youth that I see regularly have told me how much a barrier it is that they cannot drive an automobile," she says.
Foster youth often do not have the same level of financial and emotional support that their peers take for granted, Wolfe said, leaving them more vulnerable to bumps along the road.
Tommy Bailey, a legislative lobbyist in West Virginia for KVC, had said a traditional college environment isn't always the right fit for foster youth because of the support network they require.
Recognizing that 46% of foster youth do not graduate from high school, in August 2013 the Foundation opened Samueli Academy, a free public charter high school for community, underserved and foster teens, located in Santa Ana.
We are especially grateful for the support we have received from the District Board of Trustees that will allow us to admit up to 100 foster youth and youth from underserved communities in the County into this program.
A high-quality education can help foster youth achieve life success despite past experiences with abuse, neglect, separation, and other barriers.

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