ERIC Number: ED603024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Missed Opportunities: Pathways from Foster Care to Youth Homelessness in America
Dworsky, A.; Gitlow, E.; Horwitz, B.; Samuels, G. M.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
This Research-to-Impact brief is the seventh in a series by Chapin Hall's Voices of Youth Count on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. Each year, nearly 4.2 million adolescents and young adults in America experience some form of homelessness. This brief focuses on the subset of young people who experience homelessness after spending time in foster care. Findings show that between one-quarter and one-third of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness had a history of foster care. The findings also reveal that young people's entry into foster care was often part of a larger pattern of family instability and was perceived by some young people as the beginning of their experience with homelessness. The research shows that there are multiple pathways to homelessness from foster care.
Descriptors: Homeless People, Foster Care, Youth, Adolescents, Young Adults, At Risk Persons, Child Welfare, Intervention, Social Services, Family Relationship, Adoption, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Employment Level, LGBTQ People, Independent Living, Public Policy, Federal Legislation, Housing, Trauma
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Voices of Youth Count (VoYC)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security Act
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