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Haines: Mentoring vital to bridging relationship gap for youth in foster care

By Christina Haines, Boston Herald As adults, we have autonomy in our relationships. Youth in foster care have much less control over theirs. Many of their relationships with adults — biological family, foster caregivers, teachers, social workers, and other professionals — are directed by policies and laws that determine their parameters. It’s not uncommon for […]

Predictors of foster care youths’ engagement in preventive interventions

Hambrick, E., Lee, S.-K., Weiler, L., Collins, J. O., Rhodes, T., & Taussig, H. (2022). Engagement in a Preventive Intervention for Preadolescent Children in Foster Care: Considerations for Intervention Design. Child Psychiatry & Human Development.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-022-01341-8 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: High levels of engagement are essential for preventative interventions. However, it’s challenging to keep […]

Five important takeaways from a new meta-analysis

Poon, C. Y. S., Christensen, K. M., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). A Meta-analysis of the Effects of Mentoring on Youth in Foster Care. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01472-6 By Jean Rhodes, Cyanea Poon, and Kirsten Christensen Introduction  Research suggests that mentoring programs may promote a range of positive outcomes in youth populations. Less is known, […]

The impact of natural mentors on developing youth in foster care

Greeson, J. K. P., Weiler, L. M., Thompson, A. E., Taussig, H. N. (2016). A First Look At Natural Mentoring Among Preadolescent Foster Children. Journal of Communit Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21788 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade and Harry Bayly Notes of Interest: This study focused on the effects of natural mentors and their impact on preadolescent foster […]

Foster care youth speak: We need career mentoring!

Hudson, A. (2015). Career mentoring needs of youths in foster care: Voices for change. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26, 131-137. Background Once young adults age out of the foster care system they are more likely than their non-fostered peers to experience homelessness, poverty, incarceration, and a variety of mental health issues. According […]

MENTOR and Congressmember teaming up on mentoring for foster care youth

Written by Representative Karen Bass, CA, and David Shapiro, President and CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Too often, our child welfare system is perceived to be a massive, immovable force in which only youth-serving professionals can make a difference in improving the system and lives of the young people involved. Fortunately, that’s not true: […]