Homelessness and the Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood

We estimated the incidence of homelessness during the transition to adulthood and identified the risk and protective factors that predict homelessness during this transition. Using data from the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former FosterYouth, a longitudinal study of youths aging out of foster care in 3 Midwestern states, and a bounds approach, we estimated thecumulative percentage of youths who become homeless during the transition to adulthood. We also estimated a discrete time hazard model that predicted first reported episode of homelessness. Youths aging out of foster care are at high riskfor becoming homeless during the transition to adulthood. Between 31% and 46% of our study participants had been homeless at least once by age 26 years. 

Publication Date: 
2013
Publisher(s): 
American Public Health Association
Volume: 
103
Issue: 
2
Journal Name: 
American Journal of Public Health
Location: 
United States