Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Oct 2016 |
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Risk and Protective Factors for Criminal Justice System Involvement

This report identifies key risk and protective factors associated with criminal justice involvement for youth aging out of foster care.  Twenty percent of the 1,365 youth statewide who aged out of foster care between July 2010 and September 2013 experienced an arrest or jail booking in the following year. Youth with a recent arrest or Juvenile Rehabilitation involvement were at increased risk of criminal justice involvement after aging out of care. Other risk factors include a history of running away, substance use disorder treatment need and congregate care placements. Youth placed in extended foster care were less likely to be arrested or jailed after aging out of care.

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