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Unique challenges and differences surround the population of African American crossover youth and how they successfully transition into adulthood once aged out of foster care as compared to same-aged peers (Kim et al., 2019). The problem is that African American crossover youth aging out of the foster care system, are not receiving occupation-based transitional services focusing on IADLs required for adulthood independence resulting in increased prevalence of homelessness (Armstrong-Heimsoth et al., 2020; Flores et al., 2018; Kelly, 2020; Paul-Ward & Lambdin-Pattavina, 2016; Pérez et al., 2019). The purpose of this program development type project is to develop and implement an occupation-based transitional program for African American crossover youth aging out of the foster care system focused on IADLs required for adulthood independence, decreasing the prevalence of homelessness. An occupation-based program is essential in providing more programs for youth during those transitional ages to increase self-sufficiency into adulthood. The occupation-based program focusing on IADLs and health management, #Adulting, was successful based on the positive feedback from each activity.

Publication Date

Fall 12-10-2021


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Foster Home Care, Adolescent, African Americans, Functional Status, Occupational Therapy, Program Development


Occupational Therapy | Social Work


Poster presented at the Fall 2021 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, December 9-10, 2021.

Occupation Based Program for African American Crossover Youth Aging Out of Foster Care