Aged Out

Narratives of Young Women Who Grew Up in Out-of-Home Care

by Dr. Lanetta N. Greer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/26/2020

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 182
ISBN : 9781480879973
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 182
ISBN : 9781480879980
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 182
ISBN : 9781480879997

About the Book

Owning and operating a nonprofit, group home for teenage girls has given Dr. Lanetta N. Greer a keen understanding of the challenges that they face.

Home 4 the Heart, her facility, has helped almost two hundred girls over ten years. But assisting, supporting, and advocating for the girls that live at its three facilities has required lots of creativity.

While Child Protective Services wants children to do well, the youth that they place in out-of-home care often have negative life outcomes. The lack of daily intimate contact with a caregiver causes somewhat of a constant disconnect—and normal daily relationships and activities with supportive caregivers are not always possible for youth in out-of-home care.

In this qualitative study of young women who aged out of out-of-home care, the author describes family life, growing up in out-of-home care, and life after aging out. The results of the study will better inform service providers working with youth in foster/group homes, schools, juvenile justice placements, and community programs.

The study’s findings and insights offer more effective ways of assisting, supporting, and advocating for youth to ensure a more successful transition to independence after aging out.

About the Author

Lanetta N. Greer has served as the director of Home 4 the Heart, Inc. since she started the nonprofit organization in October 2007. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a BA and MSW from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Milwaukee and has one beautiful daughter, Klayton Grace.