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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 […]

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

By 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 ser­vices […]

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 experience higher […]

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, 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 moves the longer […]

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, […]

Five Ways Child Welfare Agencies Can Empower Young People

By 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 Casey […]

[Webinar] Breaking Through Barriers: Elevating the Voices of Young People

  Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6:00pm – 7:30pm ET On December 2nd, the American Youth Policy Forum’s (AYPF)  is going to host a webinar that will feature the stories and talents of system-involved youth. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch performances of young artists; enjoy a special guest appearance; and participate in a […]

Improving mental health outcomes for maltreated children in foster care

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. American Journal of Community Psychology, 64(3–4), 405–417. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12385 Summarized by […]

Lindsey Weiler on the need for trying new methods to reach youth in foster care

Written by Lindsey Weiler, Ph.D., originally posted in Youth Today If you work with youth in foster care, you know that every child is unique with specific needs, strengths and opportunities. It shouldn’t be surprising, therefore, that the impact of mentoring for youth in foster care varies greatly. Most people would agree that a relationship […]