This study was also part of the larger multi-site evaluation seeking to determine the effects of programs funded under the John Chafee Foster Care Independence Program in achieving key outcomes for youth. The study examined concrete measures (education, employment, economic well-being) of the transition to adulthood.
Program participants were more likely than control group members to report having ever enrolled in college, persist in college across more than one academic year, and remain in foster care. The study also found that program participants reported receiving more help than control group members in some areas of educational assistance, employment assistance, money management, and financial support in obtaining housing but program participants did not report better outcomes in employment, economic well-being, housing, delinquency, pregnancy, or self-reported preparedness for independence.
Report Title: Evaluation of the Massachusetts Adolescent Outreach Program for Youths in Intensive Foster Care: Final Report http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/abuse_neglect/chafee/reports/eval_mass/eval_mass.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Maria Woolverton, 202-205-4039
Performer: The Urban Institute
Record ID: 9701 (Report completed July 15, 2011)