Dating violence among emancipating foster youth

When the state fails in its responsibility to protect children wholly dependent on it by not providing for their developmental needs, there are grim consequences.Youth who are transitioning to adulthood need to have well developed self-esteem and self-efficacy skills that equip them to manage relationships in multiple contexts, including education and employment settings, as well as with friends and family members.School-level interventions included the use of temporary school-based restraining orders, higher levels of faculty and security presence in "hot spots," and raising awareness schoolwide.Researchers found that, compared with the control group who received no intervention, students who received the school-level intervention or both the school- and classroom-level interventions experienced reduced levels of dating violence and sexual harassment.During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.Throughout its more than 100-year history, the Children’s Bureau has worked to assist children and youth in foster care; engage youth in decisions that affect their lives; and support foster families, kinship caregivers, child welfare professionals, and others who help these children.Youth who had the support of a mentor also demonstrated a decreased participation in unhealthy behaviors, such as unprotected sexual activity, alcohol and substance abuse, and delinquent activities.

Ideally, foster youth should have a place to call home upon emancipation from the child welfare system, with connections to caring adults who can provide support, including helping them access necessary resources and services. Now that I’m on the streets, I honestly feel I would have been better off in an abusive home with a father who beat me; at least he would have taught me how to get a job and pay the bills.You can’t live here anymore.” My social worker showed up—I was still in my little graduation dress and heels, my flowers, my cap on. [She just] told me, “I’ve called around and found a shelter for you.Most entered foster care because abuse or neglect at home triggered the duty of the state to step in and protect them.The state becomes parent; in that role, it must provide special measures of protection.Often, youth in the foster care system have lived through multiple traumas and disruptive events by the time they begin their transition to adulthood.

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