Exploring the impact of a history of foster care on youth enrolled in an intensive case management program in Vancouver from 2007 to 2013

Presentation First Author: 
Chris Richardson

Introduction: About 1% of children and youth living in British Columbia are currently in the care of the province. Youth with a history in-care (foster care) have been found to be at increased risk for mental health problems, more likely to have substance abuse issues and to experience higher rates of homelessness.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to quantify the proportion of youth with a history in-care among street-involved youth enrolled in an intensive case management program operating in Vancouver British Columbia and to assess the association between having a history in-care and demographic characteristics, current living situation, mental illnesses and substance abuse.

Methods: The intensive case management program provides healthcare, shelter and social support for homeless or marginally housed youth (24 years or younger at intake) with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder living in Vancouver’s inner city. Data were obtained from intake assessments of youth enrolled in the program between 2007 and 2013.

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9th Oct 2015
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