Date of Award

May 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Urban Education

First Advisor

Gary Williams

Committee Members

Susan Rose, Raquel Farmer-Hinton, Christie Christie


Foster Care, Foster Homes, Group Homes, Narrative Research


This is a qualitative study involving young women who aged out of out-of-home care (OHC). Narrative inquiry will be the research methodology. Research questions will be centered on the participants’ description of their family life, growing up in OHC, and life after aging out. The results of the study will better inform service providers working with youth in foster/group homes, schools, juvenile justice placements, and community programs, offering them more effective ways of assisting, supporting, and advocating for youth to ensure a more successful transition to independence after aging out.