- There is a lack of robust knowledge on how youth placed in residential care view their care experiences.
- We used mixed methods to evaluate residential care experiences among a large sample of youth (N = 450) in 127 residential settings.
- Most youth rated the quality of their placements positively.
- Youth in residential care settings using family-style and shift-care models rated their placements more highly than youth in shelter care.
- Youth reported establishing meaningful relationships, achieving positive skill development, and struggling with environmental restrictions.