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Continuity and Discontinuity in the Transition from Care to Adulthood

This paper focuses on care leavers’ experiences of their transition from care to adulthood. Using a social pedagogical perspective, we explore continuity and discontinuity in their life course as central aspects of support in the transition process. Using biographical narratives of three young people with different paths of transition from public care, we argue that a successful transition to independent living involves a complex interplay of continuity and discontinuity. Our analysis suggests a typology of (dis)continuity patterns in the transition to adulthood: (i) creating continuity, (ii) transforming continuity, (iii) discontinuity by breaking up continuity and (iv) enabling continuity by discontinuity. Current discourse in social work research values stability in care and continuity in the transition from care as a main strategy for successful transition. This perspective on the efforts of professionals and institutions, emphasizing placement stability, disregards [more…]

Youth aging out of residential care in Israel: Readiness for independent living and need for help

Youth leaving state care are a vulnerable group. It is important to examine their status and needs before they leave care, so that policies and practices are designed to address their needs. The aim of this study is to assess readiness for independent living of youth on the verge of leaving residential care in Israel, and to identify the life domains in which they need further help. Further, the study examines personal and interpersonal resources that may predict levels of readiness and needs before leaving care. The study is based on an analysis of staff structured reports on all youths in welfare residential care in Israel who were on the verge of leaving care (N = 197). The report assessed background characteristics, family social support available to the child, readiness for independent living, and needs in multiple areas. We found low readiness for independent living and that the young people greatly need help, particularly those with lower educational achievements. [more…]

Education in Residential Care and in School – A social-pedagogical perspective on educational attainment of young women leaving care

Zeller, M./Köngeter, S. (2012): Education in Residential Care and in School – A social-pedagogical perspective on educational attainment of young women leaving care. In: Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 34, pp. 1190-1196. [more…]

On the verge of leaving the care system: Assessment of life skills and needs of adolescents in care

Benbenishty, R., & Zeira, A. (2012). On the verge of leaving the care system: Assessment of life skills and needs of adolescents in care. Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung Heft, 3, 291-308. [more…]

Life satisfaction and positive perceptions of the future among youth at-risk participating in civic-National service in Israel

Levy, D., Benbenishty, R., and Refaeli, T. (in press). Life satisfaction and positive perceptions of the future among youth at-risk participating in civic-National service in Israel. Children and Youth Service Review. [more…]

Instruments for research on transitions. Applied methods and approaches for exploring the transition of young care leavers to adulthood

Harder, A./Köngeter, S./Zeller, M./Knorth, E./Knot-Dickscheit, J. (2011): Instruments for research on transitions. Applied methods and approaches for exploring the transition of young care leavers to adulthood. In: Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 33, 2431-2441. [more…]

An international classification system for child welfare programs

Ezell, M., Spath, R., Zeira, A., Canali, C., Fernandez, E., Thoburn, J., & Vecchiato, T. (2011). An international classification system for child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1847-1854.  [more…]

The contribution of individual, social support and institutional characteristics to perceived readiness to leave care in Israel: An ecological perspective

Dinisman, T., & Zeira, A.(2011). The contribution of individual, social support and institutional characteristics to perceived readiness to leave care in Israel: An ecological perspective. British Journal of Social Work 41, 1442-1458. [more…]

Alumni of educational residential settings in Israel: A Cultural Perspective

Zeira, A. (2009). Alumni of educational residential settings in Israel: A Cultural Perspective. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 1074-1079.   [more…]

Perceptions of readiness to leave care among adolescents in foster care in Israel

Benbenishty, R., & Schiff, M. (2009). Perceptions of readiness to leave care among adolescents in foster care in Israel Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 662-669. [more…]

New initiatives in out-of-home placements in Israel

Zeira, A. (2004). New initiatives in out-of-home placements in Israel. Child and Family Social Work, 9, 307-309. [more…]

Children in foster care: Their present situation and plans for their future

Benbenishty, R. , & Oyserman, D. (1995).  Children in foster care: Their present situation and plans for their future.  International Social Work, 38,117-131. [more…]

Keeping in touch: Ecological factors related to foster care visitation

Oyserman, D., & Benbenishty, R. (1992). Keeping in touch: Ecological factors related to foster care visitation. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 9(6), 541-554. [more…]

Characteristics of children and their families at entry into foster care

Oyserman, D., Benbenishty, R., & Ben-Rabbi, D. (1992). Characteristics of children and their families at entry into foster care. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 22(3), 199-211. [more…]

A Clinical Information System for Foster Care in Israel

Benbenishty, R., & Oyserman, D. (1991). A clinical information system to monitor foster care in Israel. Child Welfare, 70, 229-242.    [more…]

Monitoring practice on the agency level: An application in a residential care facility

 Benbenishty, R. (1991). Monitoring practice on the agency level: An application in a residential care facility. Research on Social Work Practice, 1, 371-386. [more…]

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