This study used data from the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth to describe the characteristics and economic well-being of young people aging out of foster care who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB). It also compared their economic self-sufficiency to that of their heterosexual peers also aging out of care.
Compared to their heterosexual peers, LGB youth transitioning out of care may be at significant risk of not achieving self-sufficiency during their transition to adulthood. LGB youth experienced lower wages, higher receipt of some public benefits, increased material and financial hardship, and lower food security. Despite these challenges, however, the data showed that LGB youth were not, for the most part, substantially worse off economically than their heterosexual peers at the time that data collected. However, the analyses clearly show that both groups will face substantial challenges during their transition.
Report Title: The Economic Well-Being LGB Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Erica Zielewski, 202-401-5995
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9978 (January 14, 2013)