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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, or you may contact Jolynne Batchelor at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing at (512) 232-6061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for sharing your voice and light with us,
Sofia Georgiadou, Ph.D., LPC-S
2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book#DataBook
The Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book warns that the 2020 census is mired in challenges that could shortchange the official census count by at least 1 million kids younger than age 5. This discrepancy would put hundreds of millions of federal dollars at risk and, in doing so, underfund programs that are critical for family stability and opportunity.
The Data Book also looks at trends in child well-being during a period that saw continued improvement in economic well-being but mixed results in the areas of health, education and family and community factors. The report includes the Foundation's signature rankings in key areas of child well-being. This year, New Hampshire is at the top of the rankings.
Texas overall rank is 43.
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: