Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Research & Data Analysis Division


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The Housing Status and Well-Being of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Washington State

This report identifies individuals who aged out of foster care in State Fiscal Year 2010 or 2011. It examines the following measures over a 12-month period following exit from out-of-home placement: housing status, receipt of public assistance, prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness, rates of employment and arrest, and average earnings. We find that approximately one-third of youth who aged out of foster care experienced homelessness in the following year. Youth who experienced homelessness were more connected to social and health services but also experienced a higher prevalence of risk factors relative to their peers who did not have identified housing needs.