OPRE released a research brief this week titled, “The Economic Well-Being of LGB Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care.” The brief describes the characteristics and economic well-being of young people aging out of foster care who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB). It also compares their self-sufficiency to that of their heterosexual peers also aging out of care. Some key findings include:
Overall, LGB youth were not, for the most part, substantially worse off economically than their heterosexual peers. The analysis found far more similarities than differences in the measures of economic well-being examined.
Naomi Goldstein is Director of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services. She is responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of ACF programs.