Long-term consequences of growing up in out-of-home care: a study of family formation, employment and crime

In 2017, over 46,000 children in the Netherlands lived apart from their biological parents in formal care arrangements such as foster families or residential child care. These children vary enormously in the out-of-home care settings they experienced. In this project, we study how this diversity of out-of-home care experiences may lead to adverse outcomes in adulthood in the realms of family formation, employment, and crime. To do so, we combine various sources of data to compile a person’s entire history of youth care arrangements.

This project is funded by a Veni grant awarded by NWO to Mioara Zoutewelle.

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