Findings from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH): Conditions of Youth at Age 19: Los Angeles County Report

Findings from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH): Conditions of Youth at Age 19: Los Angeles County Report
June 1, 2017 Stuart Foundation

The current CalYOUTH Wave 2 Los Angeles County Report presents findings from the CalYOUTH Wave 2 Youth Survey, focusing on just study participants in Los Angeles County. Of all of the counties in California, Los Angeles County has the greatest number of children in foster care. In January 2017, almost one-third of young people in foster care between the ages of 16 and 21 were under the supervision of child welfare services in Los Angeles County (Webster et al., 2017). Since child welfare services are administered at the county level in California, studying Los Angeles provides an important perspective on one of the largest foster care jurisdictions in the nation.

The study addresses three research questions:

  • Does extending foster care past age 18 influence youth’s outcomes during the transition to adulthood (e.g., outcomes in education, employment, health, housing, parenting, and general well-being)?
  • What factors influence the types of support youth receive during the transition to adulthood in the context of extended foster care?
  • How do living arrangements and other services that result from extending foster care influence the relationship between extending care and youth outcomes?

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