foster care

October 02, 2017
This report was published by The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:This exploratory research was undertaken to review outcomes for youth who have transitioned or “aged-out” of the child protection system in Ontario. The purpose is to better understand the lasting impact of growing up in the child protection system. The analysis sought to synthesize data from selected academic and “gray literature” (media stories or articles written by professionals in the field) and supplement it with information obtained from 17 informal...
September 30, 2016
This report was published by Fostering Change. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:Compared to their peers who have not experienced foster or other government care, youth aging out of care tend to have greater emotional and other challenges as well as less financial, family and other support to draw on as they transition to adulthood. The purpose of this phase 1 report is to document what is known about the resulting educational attainment, economic, social and wellness outcomes for youth aging out of care as compared to the general population. The first two phases of this...
September 30, 2016
This report was published by Fostering Change. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:Compared to their peers who have not experienced foster or other government care, youth aging out of care tend to have greater emotional and other challenges as well as less financial, family and other support to draw on as they transition to adulthood. The purpose of this phase 1 report is to document what is known about the resulting educational attainment, economic, social and wellness outcomes for youth aging out of care as compared to the general population. The adverse educational, economic,...
September 28, 2016
This report was published by Fostering Change. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:Compared to their peers who have not experienced foster or other government care, youth aging out of care tend to have greater emotional and other challenges as well as less financial, family and other support to draw on as they transition to adulthood. The purpose of this phase 1 report is to document what is known about the resulting educational attainment, economic, social and wellness outcomes for youth aging out of care as compared to the general population. This phase 1 report is followed by...
September 28, 2016
This report was published by Fostering Change. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:For most young people, family is there to lend a hand with things like rent, groceries, and support as they make the first few steps into adulthood. Unless they’ve been in foster care. Fostering Change commissioned this research to provide an economic perspective on the challenges and opportunities associated with youth aging out of government care. Over three reports we consider: (1) current educational, economic, social and wellness outcomes; (2) the costs of those outcomes; and (3) the costs of...
July 14, 2016
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in two pages or less!     1. What was this research about?The transition from adolescence to adulthood includes many emotional, physical and cognitive changes. For youth who are transitioning out of foster care, the changes and challenges are often even greater.  For many of these youth, this period is marked by additional challenges often related to navigating education systems, securing stable employment and housing, and maintaining...
March 10, 2016
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in two pages or less!     1. What was this research about?This research aims to understand the factors that support the creation and maintenance of successful natural mentoring relationships for fostered youth. Natural mentoring relationships can be formed with extended family members, professional youth service workers like case workers, counsellors or teachers, and adults who may play more of an informal role, such as team coaches or...
February 16, 2016
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in two pages or less!     1. What was this research about?Research demonstrates that youth living in foster care are more likely than peers not in care to experience a number of behavioural and mental health challenges. These challenges include low academic achievement, poorer peer relationships, decreased community involvement, and expulsion or suspension from schools. Such experiences indicate the need to develop a feasible and effective...
January 11, 2016
Families who take in older foster children will get a higher per diem from the Philadelphia Department of Human Services. It’s an effort to place young people aged 14 to 21 into stable family homes. Currently more than half of Pennsylvania teens in foster care system live in group homes or institutions; research shows these young people don't fare as well as those placed in family homes. Many of these teens will also age out of foster care and be on their own at the age of 18 without support or guidance.   The outcomes for these young people are startling including high rates of homelessness...
January 06, 2016
This video was produced by UCLA Film & Television Archive. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO:This episode focuses on LGBT youth in foster care in the United States. It features seven LGBT youth from foster care sharing their stories and discussing rejection from foster families, invisibility within the system and obstacles to healthy development.