Care and Connections: Bridging Relational Gaps for Foster Youths

Youth aging out of the foster care system face a variety of challenges, but building healthy and supportive relationships can help improve their outcomes. This Brookings Institution report highlights experiences from recent relationship-building programs targeted toward foster youth. The authors found four important lessons that researchers and policymakers can use when designing relationship-building programs for foster youth. Those lessons include the need for child welfare agencies to measure a youth’s relational capacities, designing relationship-based interventions for foster youth, tailoring services to the needs of each youth, and obtaining support from all partners involved in a foster youth’s case to reinforce relationships.
Record Type: 
Report
Publication Date: 
September, 2017
Date: 
September 2017
Source: 
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TANF/WIOA Category: 
Target Populations
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Supportive Services
    • Child Welfare
  • Special Populations
    • Youth in Transition