Youth at Risk of Homelessness

Jan 2015 |
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Identifying Key Predictive Factors among Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Washington State

This report identifies key risk and protective factors associated with homelessness in the year after aging out of foster care. Approximately one-quarter of the 1,213 youth statewide who aged out of foster care in SFY 2011 or 2012 experienced homelessness in the following year. Youth who had experienced housing instability, multiple school changes, or more than one foster care placement were at increased risk of homelessness. Cross-over youth—those involved with both the foster care and juvenile justice system—were also at increased risk. In terms of protective factors, youth who had ever been placed with a relative while in foster care and those with relatively high grade point averages were at decreased risk of homelessness.

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