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Four Ways to Better Support Young Adults Transitioning out of Foster Care

By Michael Pergamit and Marla McDaniel, Reprinted from the Urban Institute Congress established the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood, known as Chafee, in 1999. That means the program, which provides support to assist young adults transitioning out of the foster care system, is now 23, the same age when […]

The effectiveness of a self-determination coaching model for promoting post-secondary success among college students with foster care backgrounds

Blakeslee, J., Miller, R., & Uretsky, M. (2022). Efficacy of the Project Futures self-determination coaching model for college students with foster care backgrounds and mental health challenges. Children and Youth Services Review, 138, 106507.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106507 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence shows that young people from foster care backgrounds are less likely to attend or […]

An Interview with Dr. Michelle Munson

LY: As an expert on youth aging out of the child welfare system, what have you found to be the most important factors in youth making a “successful” transition into adulthood? MM: So many things go into making a “successful” transition to adulthood. We know that for all young people it takes a lot of […]

Access to Higher Education: Supports for Homeless and Foster Youth

By Rachelle Robins, Reprinted from the American Youth Policy Forum Young people experiencing homelessness and those in the child welfare system face unique challenges when it comes to education, including post-secondary education. The National Working Group on Foster Care and Education found that over 70 percent of foster youth want to obtain a college degree, […]

Children’s Bureau Advises Agencies to Provide Supportive Care for LGBTQ Youth

Reprinted from the Annie E. Casey Foundation The U.S. Children’s Bureau affirmed its sup­port for LGBTQ and gen­der non­con­form­ing chil­dren and youth, espe­cial­ly those in fos­ter care, in a March 2022 infor­ma­tion mem­o­ran­dum to the nation’s child wel­fare agencies. The Children’s Bureau advis­es state, trib­al and ter­ri­to­r­i­al agen­cies receiv­ing fed­er­al funds to ensure that their […]

Support can support the mental health of young people with a history of out-of-home care.

Evans, R., Katz, C. C., Fulginiti, A., & Taussig, H. (2022). Sources and types of social supports and their association with mental health symptoms and life satisfaction among young adults with a history of out-of-home care. Children, 9(4), 520.  https://doi.org/10.3390/children9040520 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Young adults with a history of out-of-home care […]

Mentoring youth in foster care: The impact relationship histories has on the youth trauma symptoms & mental health outcomes

Weiler, L. M., Lee, S.-K., Zhang, J., Ausherbauer, K., Schwartz, S. E. O., Kanchewa, S. S., & Taussig, H. N. (2021). Mentoring Children in Foster Care: Examining Relationship Histories as Moderators of Intervention Impact on Children’s Mental Health and Trauma Symptoms. American Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12549 Summarized by Ariel Ervin   Notes of Interest: Although caring relationships with […]

When Change is the Constant: Mentoring Youth in Foster Care

By Christina Haines, Reprinted from the National Mentoring Resource Center For youth in foster care, change is a constant.  Each time a youth is moved, they can expect some or all of the pillars of their life will have to change, like relationships, schools, providers, neighborhoods, and friends.  Each move causes trauma. Youth experience more […]

Five Ways Child Welfare Agencies Can Empower Young People

Reprinted from The Annie E. Casey Foundation Young people with foster care experience know best what they need to heal, grow and thrive. As a result, it’s critical for child welfare leaders to enlist youth as integral partners in addressing their needs and planning for their future.  Staff from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim […]

Making the college transition: New study explores mentoring among foster youth

Gowdy, G., & Hogan, S. (2020). Informal mentoring among foster youth entering higher education. Children and Youth Services Review, 105716.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105716 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: This study explores what kinds of informal mentors foster youth preparing to enter a four-year university have access to, as well as how this affects the support foster children […]