This Introduction defines care leaving and discusses how youth who transition out of care experience emerging adulthood in comparison to their normative peers. It orients the reader to the parts of the book and positions this collection overall as advocating for practices and policies that advance the development of youth in substitute care into emerging adulthood, thus enhancing their prospects throughout life. The chapters of Part One explore the various theoretical perspectives brought to bear on emerging adulthood generally and youth in foster care in particular; the chapters of Part Two discuss research contributions to care leaving from around the world; and the chapters of Part Three identify practice issues developed in numerous countries to ease the transition to adulthood for those leaving foster care.
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