This study documented how youth in foster care rated their preparedness for work at age 17 and whether their assessments accurately predicted education and employment two years later. Data was collected from 467 youth studied in the evaluation of Los Angeles County's Life Skills Training (LST) program. Four hundred and eleven youth were interviewed at follow-up, when approximately 82 percent of these youth had left foster care.
Approximately one in six youth were employed at age 17 compared to almost half at age 19. Also at 19, 25 percent were enrolled in higher education and 75 percent had worked in the previous year. Although youth in foster care with a high sense of job preparedness and high reading ability fared best, only 18 percent of the study youth fell into this group and one in four of these youth were neither in school nor working at age 19.
Report Title: Becoming Adults: Do Youth in Foster Care Accurately Gauge Their Preparedness for Work?
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Maria Woolverton, 202-205-4039
Performer: Urban Institute
Record ID: 10071 (May 14, 2013)