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Evaluating a Transitional Living Program for Homeless, Former Foster Care Youth
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The goals of this study were to (a) assess the outcomes of former foster care youth using transitional living programs and (b) compare outcomes achieved by former foster care youth who participated in an employment training program with similar youth who did not. The study sampled 23 former foster care youth using transitional living services in Northern California. Hourly wage, money saved, and employment status outcomes were examined at discharge, and housing outcomes were examined 6 months post discharge. Variables that demonstrated improvement post intervention include hourly wage, housing situation, employment, and money saved. At a 6-month follow-up, 90% of youth with known housing situations were in permanent, stable housing. Comparing youth with employment training and those without on hourly wage, youth with training had significantly higher hourly wages. Transitional living and employment training programs may be effective interventions for former foster care youth with few resources. (Sage)
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