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June 2004Vol. 5, No. 5Youth Development Perspective on Child and Family Services Reviews

The National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) recently analyzed States' Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) and Program Improvement Plans (PIPs) to identify issues specifically related to adolescents. Their report includes a brief analysis of the issues in terms of overall strengths and weaknesses in States' youth services, as well as a matrix to show each State's results. The report indicates that youth continue to need transition services and skills for independent living, because many are unprepared for adulthood when they age out of care. It also suggests that the CFSRs should include an item specifically to address the preparation of youth aging out of care when permanence cannot be found.

The full text of An Analysis of State's Child and Family Services Reviews and Program Improvement Plans From a Youth Development Perspective can be downloaded on the NRCYD website at (Editor's note: Link no longer active).