Judith Samuels, Ph.D., The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Marybeth Shinn, Ph.D., Department of Human and Organizational Behavior,
Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
John C. Buckner, Ph.D., Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School
Under contract to:
Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Despite the knowledge that homeless children face poor outcomes, research has largely focused on the parent(s) in a homeless family, perhaps because these children are still part of a family unit. However, the children themselves have different and separate needs from their parent(s). Given the impact of the current recession, it is critical to understand the impact of homelessness on our youngest population, and to ensure that resources are mobilized to guarantee that these children's needs are met quickly and thoroughly. This paper provides an update on the research, policy, laws, and funding for programs and services for children who are homeless in the United States. Education, health, and mental health for homeless children are examined.