Transformational Relationships for Youth Success

This brief by the Center for the Study of Social Policy and supported by The Annie E. Casey Foundation is based on more than 80 interviews with organizations, their workers, and the youth that they support. The intent of the brief is to generate and share knowledge that is useful in dealing with youth that face serious challenges. Findings include that when youth face serious adversity, the relationship they establish with a worker is often incremental. The report looks at these “transitional relationships,” what workers actually do to forge successful relationships with the youth, and what their organizations do to create a culture for the workers to succeed. Interviewees for this report are between 16-25 years old and have faced serious challenges including child welfare involvement, substance abuse, and homelessness. Workers interviewed are leaders of organizations noted for their exemplary work and who have repeatedly formed bonds and relationships with such youth.
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Publication Date: 
January, 2018
January 2018
Partner Resources
OFA Initiatives: 
Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy
SFS Category: 
Case Management and Coaching
  • Supportive Services
    • Child Welfare
    • Health/Behavioral Health Referrals and Supports
  • Special Populations
    • Children Impacted by Toxic Stress
    • Homeless Families
    • Youth in Transition
  • TANF Program Administration
    • Case Management