Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Cecelia Westby

Second Reader

Carmen Cook


child welfare system, standards


The question of how best to promote the well-being of adolescents and young adults served by the child welfare system has been a challenging one for many years. From 1999-2004, the Child Welfare League of America and its National Advisory Committee on Standards for Independent Living endeavored to reconceptualize the principles and assumptions underlying services to this population. Building on these new principles and assumptions, standards for excellence in transition, independent living, and self- sufficiency services will be disseminated to the field in order to strengthen child welfare supports and help these vulnerable young people achieve better adult outcomes. This paper presents the new principles and assumptions utilized as a framework for new standards, with a discussion of implications for the field.


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