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System KidsAdolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation$
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Lauren J. Silver

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622590

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622590.001.0001

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Moving from Disconnected Systems to Communities of Care

Moving from Disconnected Systems to Communities of Care

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(p.153) Conclusion Moving from Disconnected Systems to Communities of Care
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System Kids
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Lauren J. Silver

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622590.003.0007

This concluding chapter provides an update on the federal, state, and local legislative landscape concerning SIL and services for youth in care, and proposes some ideas for innovating SIL. The broad legislative landscape appears to have improved since the completion of this research. The federal government now grants states the option to provide services to youths in the child welfare system until the age of twenty-one through the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. For the improvement of SIL, the youth aging out of care, including young mothers with their children, could be placed in college communities, and different types of suites could accommodate a young family, a single youth, and those living with roommates. Youth residents in care could simultaneously attend college; those who are not yet ready for college could attend high school in the local community or a General Educational Development (GED) preparation program.

Keywords:   SIL, youth care, child welfare system, college communities, General Educational Development

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