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Table 2 Foster care experiences among Vancouver At Home participants

From: History of foster care among homeless adults with mental illness in Vancouver, British Columbia: a precursor to trajectories of risk

  N (%)
Lived away from parents before age 18 (n = 445) 264 (59)
Reasons for living away (n = 264)4  
Lived with relatives or friends 36 (14)
Foster home 98 (37)
Group home 23 (9)
Jail or detention 18 (7)
Ran away or kicked out 75 (28)
Moved out 28 (11)
Other 36 (14)
Placed in foster care (n = 442) 135 (30)
Reasons (n = 135)5  
Parental illness or accident 19 (14)
Parental incarceration 5 (4)
Parental abuse or neglect 54 (40)
Behavioural problems 34 (25)
Don’t know 19 (14)
Other 14 (10)
Number of foster care placements (n = 125)  
Median (IQR) 1 (1–4)
Age at time of most recent placement (n = 131)  
Median (IQR) 10 (3–13)
Duration (months) of most recent placement (n = 122)  
Median (IQR) 18 (8–48)
Biological children (currently or in the past) in foster care (n = 447) 41 (9)
Biological children (currently or in the past) adopted or living with someone else (n = 446) 105 (23)
  1. 4Proportions were derived using 264 as the denominator. Participants could endorse more than one reason.
  2. 5Proportions were derived using 135 as the denominator. Participants could endorse more than one reason.