Foster Care Children and Family Homelessness

Foster Care Children and Family Homelessness

OBJECTIVES: This study examined the association between family homelessness and children's placement in foster care. METHODS: The prevalence of homelessness in a random sample of 195 young foster children was examined. RESULTS: Almost half of the birth parents of the foster children had experienced homelessness. Those children were more likely than other foster children to have siblings in foster care and to be place with nonrelatives. CONCLUSIONS: An extremely high prevalence of family homelessness was found among children in foster care. Policy implications of the association between family homelessness and placement into foster care are discussed. (Authors)

JOURNAL: American Journal of Public Health
VOLUME: 88
ISSUE: 9
PAGES: 1368-1370
PUBLICATION DATE: 1998

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