About this Study

The aim of my study is to better understand the process of “aging out” of State care at the age of 18.

I am planning to conduct interviews with 20-30 young people that have recently left State care at the age of 18, having been in any type of care for at least 6 months before their 18th birthday (e.g. kinship care, non-kin foster care, and residential care).

This is a longitudinal study, meaning I want to understand their experiences over time.

As a longitudinal study, I will contact participants two more times after the first interview. Once in 6 months’ time, and another in a year’s time. These meetings will be focused on learning about any changes that have happened in their lives since our first meeting.