Promoting Stability for Youth Returning from Residential Care: Attorney Perspectives

Patrick M. Tyler, Alexandra L. Trout, Jacqueline Huscroft-D'Angelo, Lori L. Synhorst

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Aftercare services have been suggested to improve reintegration for youth departing residential care programs. The purpose of this study was to collect views from legal professionals about the challenges youth and families face during reintegration and solutions to improve stability. Views were collected from 14 legal professionals (e.g., guardian ad litem, legal counsel) through a survey and 90-minute nominal group technique focus group. Results indicated parent expectations about re-entry and lack of services, supports and resources were challenges. Solutions suggested by participants included family, mental health and educational supports, and transition planning. Study limitations and future implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalJuvenile and Family Court Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • aftercare
  • children and adolescents
  • family services
  • residential care
  • stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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