The Housing Status and Well-Being of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Washington State

Sep 2013 |
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This report identifies individuals who aged out of foster care in State Fiscal Year 2010 or 2011. It examines the following measures over a 12-month period following exit from out-of-home placement: housing status, receipt of public assistance, prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness, rates of employment and arrest, and average earnings. We find that approximately one-third of youth who aged out of foster care experienced homelessness in the following year. Youth who experienced homelessness were more connected to social and health services but also experienced a higher prevalence of risk factors relative to their peers who did not have identified housing needs.

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