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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 […]

[Webinar] Team transition! Mentoring youth in the transition from foster care to adult life

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:00 – 2:15 PM Eastern Standard Time Description: The transition to adulthood represents a critical moment in the lives of youth involved in foster care. Support from caring peers and adults can make all the difference between a transition with dire circumstances or one in which a young person can […]

Mentoring for young people leaving foster care: Promise and potential pitfalls

Spencer, R., Collins, M. E., Ward, R., & Smashnaya, S. (2010). Mentoring for young people leaving foster care: Promise and potential pitfalls. Social work, 55(3), 225-234. Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: Children in foster care, who lose access to that support system around the time they legally become adults, are a group who can benefit […]

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 […]