Research on Youth Outcomes: State and Local Examples
The following resources offer examples of State and local efforts to measure short- and long-term outcomes for youth involved with the child welfare system.
Assessing Outcomes of Youth Transitioning From Foster Care (PDF - 368 KB)
Utah Department of Human Services (2006)
Reviews the outcomes of 926 youth in Utah who aged out of foster care between 1999 and 2004.
How Does Michigan Fare in the Fight to Improve Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care?: A Response From the State and One of Its Communities (PDF - 1587 KB)
Day & Watson
Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, Fall 2007
Compares outcomes for youth in foster care in Michigan to national findings and discusses how the State is seeking to improve outcomes for those children aging out of the system.
Native American Youth in Transition: The Path From Adolescence to Adulthood in Two Native American Communities (PDF - 4833 KB)
Fox, Becker-Green, Gault, & Simmons (2005)
Examines the experiences of Native American youth aged 16-24 who were involved with at least one social services program and/or were out of work and out of school in the Skokomish Tribal Nation and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.
Preparing Our Kids for Education, Work, and Life: A Report of the Task Force on Youth Aging Out of DSS Care (PDF - 1198 KB)
Hughes, Condron, Jackson, Pitchal, Garton, & Elliott (2008)
Summarizes results from a survey of youth leaving care in Massachusetts, addressing issues such as homelessness, mental health, pregnancy, and physical violence. The report also includes findings from interviews with stakeholders and with youth who voluntarily returned to Department of Social Services programming.
Survey of Youth in Foster Care
Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, Washington State University (2008)
Presents results from a large-scale survey of Washington youth in foster care age 15-18, including information on placements in foster homes, interactions with social workers, awareness of and experiences with services to adolescents, sibling relationships, and more. The study places emphasis on how well youth in foster care felt the system had prepared them for living on their own.
Young Adults in Five Sites of the United States: New York, San Diego, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Detroit, and Iowa (PDF - 483 KB)
Rumbaut, Komaie, & Morgan (2007)
Assembles national, regional, and city-level child protective services data on young adults age 18-34 regarding living arrangements, employment, education, poverty, family and personal income, and other topics related to adult transitions.