Project Abstract

This pilot study builds on national literature by describing the characteristics of Colorado youth who were
formerly in foster care and later accessed homeless services as young adults. State-focused data are
important as youth experiencing homelessness typically stay in their state of origin. It was not possible in
this study to estimate the total percentage of youth who experienced foster care and later accessed
homelessness services due to the limited number of signed Release of Information forms needed to access
services through Metro Denver Homelessness Initiative. However, informed by this study, Continuums of
Care across the state have already begun to update their privacy notices and a next phase of research will
examine this more fully. 


Colorado Department of Human Services, Child Welfare

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative

Research Partners: 

Linked Information Network of Colorado

University of Colorado Anschutz (Kempe Center)


Characteristics of Youth Formerly in Foster Care Who Experienced Homelessness as Young Adults

A Denver Metro Area Study

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