Negotiating the Curves Toward Employment: A Guide About Youth Involved in the Foster Care System

by David Brown; Paul DiLorenzo; Veronica Hemrich; Curtis Richards; Joan Wills

May 15, 2007

This Guide has been developed to encourage collaborative efforts across the country between workforce development, child welfare, mental health, schools and other community institutions to improve the chances that youth in foster care will make a successful transition into adulthood and be able to lead productive lives including having careers of their choice. The youth involved in the foster care system represent one of the most vulnerable populations in our society and will require the expertise of caring professionals in multiple systems working together to "move the needle" of success upward. For purposes of this Guide, the youth being focused upon are generally in the age range of 14 to 24, the developmental transition stage of life.

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