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NCJ Number: 211629 Find in a Library
Title: Dependent Youth Aging Out of Foster Care In Pennsylvania: A Judicial Guide
Author(s): Jennifer Pokempner Esq.; Lourdes M. Rosado Esq.
Corporate Author: Juvenile Law Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 74
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Law Ctr
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Sale Source: Juvenile Law Ctr
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This supplemental guide provides assistance to the Pennsylvania judiciary, specific to youth under the State’s care and aging out of the State’s foster care program with comprehensive information on current Federal and State law and the requirements, entitlements, and benefits under Federal and State laws ensuring an adolescent’s well-being at permanency review hearings.
Abstract: All adolescents experience important life changes and growing pains, however for young people in out-of-home care, there are unique challenges faced as they assume increasing levels of independence and responsibility. The juvenile court has an obligation to ensure that youth entrusted to the State’s care have the support necessary to age out of care as self-sufficient, healthy, and productive adults. This report is a supplemental guide from the Juvenile Law Center specific to dependent youth aging out of the State of Pennsylvania’s foster care program. The juvenile judiciary must be aware of the special needs of foster care youth who are making the transition to adulthood. This guide is designed to aid the juvenile court in planning for these foster care youth. The guide is divided into two main sections. The first focuses on current Federal and State law with specific reference made to the Foster Care Independence Act, Teenagers and the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), Pennsylvania law affecting older foster youth, and the court’s obligation to older non-foster youth seeking assistance. Lastly, requirements, entitlements, and benefits under Federal and State law particular to adolescents in foster care, as well as other entitlements applicable to qualified youth whether they are or are not in the child welfare system are explained in order to promote safety and permanency, as well as ensure the overall well-being for adolescents in foster care. References and Appendixes A-E
Main Term(s): Foster adolescents
Index Term(s): Child placement services; Child protection laws; Family reunification; Juvenile foster homes; Juvenile judges; Pennsylvania; State juvenile laws; State laws
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