Youth at the intersection of parental incarceration and foster care: Examining prevalence, disparities, and mental health

Background: While there are various pathways by which children experience parental incarceration or foster care, involvement in either system is associated with adverse health outcomes. Despite co-occurring risk factors for parental incarceration and foster care, little is known about the prevalence or characteristics of youth navigating both of these experiences. Objectives: This study details the prevalence of […]

The role of school climate in rates of depression and suicidal ideation among school-attending foster youth in California public schools

Drawing from the 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 administrations of the California Healthy Kids Survey, this study explored the relationships between school climateand depression tendency and suicidal ideation among foster youth in California public schools. This research also evaluated the data for the secondary purpose of examining the possible differences in the levels of depression tendency and suicidal ideation among […]

Long-term depression and suicidal ideation outcomes subsequent to emancipation from foster care: Pathways to psychiatric risk in the Metis population

Major depressive episode (MDE) and suicidal ideation (SI) associated with history of foster care placement (HxFCP), and mediating effects of psychosocial and socioeconomic factors through which placement may confer psychiatric risks in the years subsequent to emancipation were examined in a national sample of 7534 Métis. More than one third of emancipated respondents reported past […]

Shopping cart boy: Poems of my life

Joshua’s voice matters. He speaks for so many who are not able to express their thoughts, their sorrows, their hopes. Sixteen-year-old Joshua tells his life story in this poignant poetry collection. He reflects on a childhood spent helping his mom search for bottles and cans from the confines of his shopping cart prison. Then, he […]

Care leavers: A British affair

Individuals in and leaving care within the UK experience numerous dilemmas that include a lack of supportive housing and potential homelessness, lower educational attainment and occupational status, and greater likelihood of moving into poverty. These adverse situations—all of which are interrelated—shape their present and future health status. Models of these processes usually focus on individual […]

Preventing suicidal behavior among youth in foster care.


Parental displacement and adolescent suicidality: Exploring the role of failed belonging.

The current studies examined the construct of failed belonging proposed by the interpersonal theory of suicide as one factor that may link parental displacement with adolescent suicide. Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

Correlates of emotional distress in out-of-home youth.