Comparison of On the Way Home aftercare supports to traditional care following discharge from a residential setting: a pilot randomized controlled trial

Child Welfare. 2013;92(3):27-45.


This study compares the On the Way Home (OTWH) aftercare program to traditional aftercare supports on placement and school stability for 82 youth (43 treatment, 39 control) with disabilities discharging from residential care. One-year-post-discharge results revealed that negative event occurrence (i.e., returning to care or discontinuing enrollment in the community school) was three to over five times less likely for OTWH youth compared to youth in the control condition.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aftercare* / methods
  • Aftercare* / organization & administration
  • Aftercare* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nebraska
  • Patient Discharge
  • Pilot Projects
  • Residential Facilities* / methods
  • Residential Facilities* / organization & administration
  • Residential Facilities* / statistics & numerical data
  • Social Welfare
  • Students