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Natural mentoring for foster youth moves from theory to practice

By Devon Ziminski, The Chronicle of Social Change Young people emancipated from the foster care system are assumed to be ready for adult life. In reality this is often not the case, but more and more organizations are stepping up to better prepare foster youth for life on their own – particularly by helping them make lasting […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

Below is a profile of Professor Johanna Greeson. Johanna’s excellent new book will be out next month!  by Kate Powers Introduction: Johanna Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greeson received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, and then returned to […]

Youth in foster care need more support in transition to college

By Eshonteé Rowe, Youth Today Going through the foster care system isn’t easy, but what happens to youth as they begin to transition into life outside foster care? Many conversations come up about turning 18 and plans for after graduation, but they are typically just conversations if the youth doesn’t have the appropriate adult supporters […]

Improving mental health outcomes for maltreated children in foster care: Replication and extension of an RCT of the Fostering Healthy Futures program

Taussig, H. N., Weiler, L. M., Garrido, E. F., Rhodes, T., Boat, A., & Fadell, M. (2019). A positive youth development approach to improving mental health outcomes for maltreated children in foster care: Replication and extension of an RCT of the Fostering Healthy Futures program. Society for Community Research and Action. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12385 Summarized by […]

Campus coaches make crucial difference to foster youth in college

By Katy Reckdahl, Youth Today Liz Burns, 22, was in the middle of a crazy-busy time at college. But, for some reason, she couldn’t stop thinking about her older brother. She texted him and got what she called “a scary” answer. So she called their aunt, who confirmed that her brother had just gotten out […]

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 […]

Study Finds Positive Physical and Mental Health Outcomes for Mentored Foster Care Youth

Ahrens, K. R., DuBois, D. L., Richardson, L. P., Fan, M. Y., & Lozano, P. (2008). Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes. Pediatrics, 121(2), e246-e252. Summarized by Elyssa Weber, UMB clinical psychology doctoral student Introduction: Young adults in foster care are more likely to have poorer physical and […]

Youth in foster care need more support in transition to college

By Eshonteé Rowe, Youthtoday.org Going through the foster care system isn’t easy, but what happens to youth as they begin to transition into life outside foster care? Many conversations come up about turning 18 and plans for after graduation, but they are typically just conversations if the youth doesn’t have the appropriate adult supporters behind them, […]

New study on Friends of the Children program

Salazar, A.,Haggerty, P., Walsh, S., Noell, B & Kelley-Siel, E. (2019). Adapting the Friends of the Children programme for child welfare system‐involved families, Child & Family Social Work. doi:10.1111/cfs.12622 Summarized by Rachel Thompson Notes of Interest: This study highlighted the importance of paid mentors in providing crucial long-term relationships, for both foster care children and […]

Fostering Healthy Futures: A model intervention program for youth in foster-care

Taussig, H., Culhane, S., Garrido, E., & Knudtson, M. (2012). RCT of a mentoring and skills group program: Placement and permanency outcomes for foster youth. Pediatrics, 130 (1), e33-e39. Introduction: In 2009, over 400,000 children in the United States were living in foster care. The average age of foster youth is 9.6 years old. Unfortunately, […]