Research & Publications

More Than Me: An Exploratory Study

Foster youth become pregnant and parents at a much higher rate than their non-foster youth peers as well. By age 19, foster youth are more than twice as likely to have experienced at least one pregnancy in comparison to the general population, and the trend holds true at age 21. Foster youth also become parents at more than twice the rate of their peers. By age 19, 23 percent of foster youth reported having at least one child, and that rate increases to more than 50 percent by age 21.

Teen parenthood is particularly challenging for transition age foster youth (18-24), who often lack the essential supports and resources needed to be a parent. Using a longitudinal assessment and key informant interview data, this investigation explored the characteristics and outcomes of parent and non-parent foster youth alumni of First Place for Youth’s My First Place program.


The Power of Public-Private Partnership in Mississippi’s Child Welfare

Written by Samantha Kalahar and Kimberly Smith This year marks Mississippi’s ninth year as a Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative […]

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In the Media

Advancing Equitable AI in the US Social Sector

One example of an organization using AI to support evidence-based decision-making is First Place for Youth, an organization that helps foster youth make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. First Place for Youth built a recommendation engine that uses precision analytics—a technology that predicts trends and behavioral patterns by discovering cause-and-effect relationships in data—to analyze program administration and case assessment data, and learn from differences in outcomes among youth.

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March is ‘Stay Paid’ Month at First Place!

March is ‘Stay Paid’ Month at First Place for Youth where we acknowledge all of our young people’s efforts in […]

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