The Texas Foster Youth Justice Project was contacted by Sofia Georgiadou PH. D., a research collaborator from the Social Work department of University of Texas (Austin). She and her team are hoping to interview any youth who are over 18 years old but no longer in foster care to learn more about how sexual health education for foster youth is currently provided and how it might be improved. The participating youth will receive the $25 gift card at the end of the interview.
Please review her message below and if you know of any youth who qualify for the interview and might be interested, please pass it on to them. Thank you.
Dear Former Foster Youth,
Because of your previous experience in foster care, I am writing to ask you to participate in an interview to help me learn more about how sexual health education for foster youth is currently provided and how it might be improved.
The Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) at The University of Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work received funding from the St. David’s Foundation to better understand what is needed within the Central Texas Community to ensure that foster youth receive information and support they need from adults to make healthy choices about sexuality and relationships. TXICFW will use the information gained from the study to lead the development and implementation of a strategic plan to promote sexual health education of foster youth in Central Texas.
Your special expertise is important to help us address the sexual health needs of foster youth. The interview will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes of your time. We are conducting interviews during September and October, 2018. If you’re interested in participating, please send me a quick email at email@example.com by October 15, 2018 to express your interest. I will schedule an interview with me or another member of our research team at a time and place convenient to you.
You will be asked questions about how sexual education was provided to you when you were in foster care and how you think sexual health information can best be given to foster youth. Your responses are confidential and will be reported only in aggregate form, meaning you will not be identified in any way.
If you have any questions about your participation, please feel free to contact me (Sofia Georgiadou) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may contact Jolynne Batchelor at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing at (512) 232-6061 or email@example.com.
Thank you for sharing your voice and light with us,
Sofia Georgiadou, Ph.D., LPC-S