A new brief from the Texas Youth Permanency Study highlights what youth said they needed from the counselors, therapists and psychiatrists they interacted with while in foster care.
What does it mean to you?
Anyone who has a formal or informal role in a young person’s life, including birth families, foster families, adoptive families, caseworkers, mental health professionals, and judges, can provide the authentic relationships youth need to succeed after leaving foster care.
Most youth interviewed for the Texas Youth Permanency Study pilot reported they had contact with a mental health professional during adolescence. Based on our conversations, we developed four recommendations for building an effective and supportive therapeutic relationship:
More "TYPS Sheets" coming soon
Helping children in foster care heal while in care and prepare to thrive in adulthood is a collaborative effort. The TYPS pilot report offers insight for birth families, foster families, adoptive families, caseworkers, mental health professionals and judges. Watch your email in the coming months for more briefs designed for each stakeholder group.
This brief is a product of The University of Texas, Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing's partnership with Upbring for the Texas Youth Permanency Study, part of an ongoing effort to build evidence to better understand the realities of youth in foster care entering young adulthood. Our goal is to find new ways of understanding permanency that will create foundations for youth to thrive in young adulthood regardless of how they leave foster care.
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
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SPRING CLINIC DATES
Today Upbring and the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing released the pilot report from the groundbreaking Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS). The study asks whether the child welfare system’s focus on legal permanency (adoption, reunification, kinship care) for children in foster care is sufficient— and offers an alternative model to give youth everything they need to succeed in adulthood. The study is the first to compare youth who age out of care to youth who are adopted or reunified with family.
Key findings include: