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Child Welfare. 2005 Sep-Oct;84(5):631-48.

Sudanese refugee youth in foster care: the "lost boys" in America.

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  • 1University-Community Partnerships, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.


This study examined the resettlement experiences of unaccompanied Sudanese refugee youth placed in foster care from the perspectives of the youth, foster parents, and agency caseworkers. Youth experienced considerable success. The challenges of adjusting to school and family life, however, suggest a need for funding to support more intensive educational services, more cultural training and support for foster parents and school personnel, and flexibility to provide services in more culturally appropriate modalities.

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