NSCAW, No. 11: Adolescents Involved with Child Welfare: A Transition to Adulthood
- Abuse, Neglect, Adoption & Foster Care
- National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), 1997-2014 and 2015-2022 | Learn more about this project
- NSCAW: Research Briefs
This brief is the first to focus on adolescents transitioning to young adulthood, presenting findings from the NSCAW Wave 5 follow-up. It provides information about 620 young adults who were adolescents (12 to 15 years old) at baseline. Some adolescents’ cases were closed after investigation; others had a case opened to CWS services. Although the majority remained at home after investigation, a small proportion were removed from their homes. At Wave 5, 6 to 7 years after the child protective services investigation, these young adults are 18 to 21 years old.