Supporting Youth Transitions: Are We Listening? Transition Aged Youth Study, Phase Two

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Since 2018, Community Living Organizations across Southwestern Ontario, as well as colleagues from Sunbeam Community and Developmental Services, have partnered with the Research Shop, part of the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) at the University of Guelph for a multi-year research project. The purpose of this collaboration was to build upon previous research (see Notwell et al., 2019) to better understand the current circumstances of young adults who had transitioned from the child welfare system into adult developmental services. Specifically, the focus was on those individuals known as Transition Aged Youth (TAY), or individuals between 18 to 29 years old. This current study and report focus on life post-transition and how service providers were (or were not) meeting the current needs of youth who had recently transitioned.

The research team conducted a total of 21 virtual interviews (via phone call or Zoom) with six TAY and 15 service providers across adult services agencies in Southwestern Ontario. Findings from the interviews revealed many themes about transition experience, although some themes differ between TAY and service provider interviews. Findings are detailed in the full report, as well as in a summary report.

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transition aged youth, youth services, adult services, Community Living, child welfare, adult developmental services

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