Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sumin Hseih, Ph.D., MSW

Second Advisor

Maria Dinis, Ph.D., MSW

Third Advisor

Tess Pease, MSW


This exploratory qualitative study examines the independent living skills that are possessed upon emancipation from foster care and identifies those areas that need further development, which may arise in successful transition into adulthood. This study also attempts to identify if the independent livings skills possessed were learned through foster parents modeling appropriate behavior. The study sample includes 10 former foster children who are now adults and living independently, who were interviewed face to face. The guide consisted of open and closed questions, which allow for optimal feedback from the respondents. The results suggest that those individuals who age out of foster care possess a wide range of independent living skills and identify the areas where skills are lacking and follow up services may be needed.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Durocher.CMB

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