They surveyed 50 youth in foster care – 25 in Chicago and 25 in Los Angeles County.
A few of the key findings are:
The youth sampled had less knowledge of services than homeless youth that typically comes from street experience including free meals, drop-in centers, street outreach and free showers.
Most youth in this sample have run away from foster care multiple times;
Youth typically run from foster care placements because they want to be with family and friends and/or they dislike their placement;
And the majority of sample youth ran away to a friend’s home. About one-third spent their first night at a relative’s home. Only three youth reported spending any time of their most recent runaway episode in an outside location such as a squat, a park, or an abandoned building.