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Leaving Care and the Transition to AdulthoodInternational Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice$
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Varda R. Mann-Feder and Martin Goyette

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630485.001.0001

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Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood

Varda R. Mann-Feder

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   leaving care, emerging adulthood, foster care, transition to adulthood, social capital

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