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


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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 Read the rest

Youth in foster care need more support in transition to college

, 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, … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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

Fostering Healthy Futures: A model intervention program for youth in foster-care - The Chronicles of Evidence-Based MentoringTaussig, 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 … Read the rest

Supporting mentoring relationships of youth in foster care: Do program practices predict match length?

Stelter, R., Kupersmidt, J.,& Stump, K.(2018).Supporting mentoring relationships of youth in foster care: Do program practices predict match length? American Journal of Community Psychology, Apr 15, 2018.

Summary (reprinted from the Abstract)

Implementation of research- and safety-based program practices enhance … Read the rest

Policy Corner: Five developments that will dramatically affect our nation’s youth

By Janet Forbush

As this edition of The Chronicle is published, the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a Motion to Proceed (MTP) that will set the stage for a potential vote on repeal and/or replacement of the … Read the rest

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

johanna_greeson_CEBMby 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 school for … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

An Interview with Dr. Michelle Munson

michelle.munsonLY: 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” … Read the rest

A calm port in the storm: Mentors serve as reliable support for youth in the foster care system

Greeson, J.K., Thompson, A.E., Ali, S., & Wenger, R.S. (2015). It’s good to know that you got somebody that’s not going anywhere: Attitudes and beliefs of older youth in foster care … Read the rest