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.
In an effort to understand the strengths and challenges within our local community, we partnered with St. David’s Foundation, to develop a needs assessment to explore efforts in Travis County for preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and building individual, family and community resilience. Our team identified the presence or absence, and capacity, of multi-level, cross-sector assets within Travis County and developed a new framework to identify the optimal conditions needed to continue to build resilience.
Click HERE to see the full report.