Foster care children and family homelessness

Cheryl Zlotnick, Diana Kronstadt, Linnea Klee

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Objectives. This study examined the association between family homelessness and children's placement in foster care. Methods. The prevalence of homelessness in a random sample of 195 young foster children was examined. Results. Almost half of the birth parents of the foster children had experienced homelessness. Those children were more likely than other foster children to have siblings in foster are and to be placed with nonrelatives. Conclusions. An extremely high prevalence of family homelessness was found among children in foster care. Policy implications of the association between family homelessness and placement into foster care are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1368-1370
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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