Adult criminality outcomes of former foster care youth: implications for policy and practice
University of Wisconsin--Stout. Research Services
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Evidence suggests that children who are involved in the foster care system are more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system as adults. Understanding the many obstacles foster youth encounter before, during, and after their time in the foster care system is important so that measures can be taken by policymakers and practitioners to combat their likelihood of becoming involved in crime. This research examines and compiles current literature on adult criminal outcomes of adult former foster youth and analyzes the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections Act) in terms of how it addresses this issue. The purpose of this research study is to draw conclusive information based on prior research that will assist in modification of policies and programming to help deter foster youth from becoming involved in the criminal justice system as adults.
former foster care youth