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Young People Leaving State Care in China - by Xiaoyuan Shang & Karen R. Fisher (Hardcover)

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Using a children’s rights and social inclusion framework and qualitative research conducted from 2009 to 2013 in Beijing, Shanxi, Xinjiang, and Guangxi, this volume examines the transition to adulthood of young people leaving state care in China, whether socioeconomic outcomes are different for those who have lived in foster care in comparison to institutional care, and how children in state care, particularly those with disabilities, experience their transition to adulthood, as well as the impact of their childhood on that experience, especially the use of foster and other alternative care. It considers the impact of becoming orphaned and growing up without care in a family, how these young people view themselves and their community, the impact on their sense of adulthood and capacity to live in the community, how they achieve independent income and housing, and whether they are able to find love, friendship, and marriage, as well as how different types of alternative care affect the transition and aspects of alternative care types that support their capacity for transitioning to independence. It looks at four aspects: establishing self-identity; employment and economic independence; independent housing; and social participation, friends, and family and social networking. It also focuses on the needs of the children, the type of state care, the support they received in care, the attitudes of people and opportunities in their community, and the support they received when they reached young adulthood. It describes the policy context of alternative care in China, alternative care options (family care, adoption, institutional care, and foster care), policies and practices in child welfare institutions, and policies about the transition out of care. Distributed in North America by University of Chicago Press. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 266
Genre: Political Science, Social Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Xiaoyuan Shang & Karen R. Fisher
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2017
TCIN: 52941764
UPC: 9781447336693
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-8547
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