Children and Young People Leaving Care

Judith Anne Cashmore, Philip Mendes

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When parents are deemed to be unable to provide adequate care for their children, and there are no other capable carers within the family, children maybe removed from their family and enter the “care” of the state. The most common reasons in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US are parental incapacity that is the result of substance abuse, mental ill-health, family violence and children’s exposure to abuse or neglect (see Gilligan, Chapter 9 in this volume). Most children leave care after a relatively short stay and return to their families of origin, but for some, out-of-home care is a long-term placement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnhancing Children's Rights: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice
EditorsAnne B Smith
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781137386090
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Childhood and Youth
ISSN (Print)2731-6467
ISSN (Electronic)2731-6475


  • Child Protection
  • Foster Care
  • Foster Youth
  • Residential Care
  • Young People

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