2021 Symposium

Supporting Foster Youth and Young Adults for Success

The Institute hosted our 4th annual research symposium on May 26th and 27th, 2021. The topic, Supporting Foster Youth and Young Adults for Success, was explored by expert speakers, panelists, and child welfare professionals who discussed programs, services, and resources to assist our youth and young adults as they transition to independent living after they turn 18.

Day 1 Theme: Building Relationships. Speakers discussed academic research and initiatives about relational permanency and the importance of having a consistent and committed adult in a young person’s life.

Day 2 Theme: Getting Plugged In. An overview was provided of the programs and services offered by the Department of Children and Families and community-based care lead agencies. Presenters shared findings from using photo voice methods to conduct research with youth, a research project exploring the Unconquered Scholars Program.

Both days featured a panel of youth and young adults with lived experiences who shared their voices to provide the audience with key information for the participants to consider integrating into their work.

Presentations & Recordings

Non-Violent Communication: An Overview and Roleplay Demonstration

Resources 

Mental health

Stages of Psychological Development in Adolescence and Young Adults: Table

Strategic Sharing Circles: FosterClub

Universal Human Needs/Values: Center for Nonviolent Communication

The Experiences of Foster Youth During COVID-19: The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research

 
Resources

Benefit Table: The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Reaching Youth at Risk for Substance Use and Misuse: National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

Florida AWARE Program Model: Florida Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education

Housing Options Presentation: DCF and Embrace Families

Programs and Opportunities for Florida's Transitioning Young Adults: Florida DCF Office of Child Welfare

Statewide Independent Living Contacts: Florida DCF Office of Child Welfare

 
System Change

Telling a New Coming-of-Age Story: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Transition Age Youth: FrameWorks Institute

Advancing Wellbeing and Expanding Opportunities: Reframing Transition Age Foster Youth: FrameWorks 

 
Social Capital

What is Social Capital?: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, ASPE

The Value of Social Capital During the COVID-19 Pandemic: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, ASPE

Measuring Social Capital in Human Services Programs: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, ASPE

 
Center for Non Violent Communication

Needs Inventory: The Center for Nonviolent Communication 

Feelings Inventory: The Center for Nonviolent Communication 

Elements of Empathic Listening: The Center for Nonviolent Communication 

 
Relational Permanence

Interventions for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A State of the Science Review: Children and Youth Services Review

Prosocial Activities and Natural Mentoring Among Youth at Risk of Aging Out of Foster Care: Journal of the Society for Social Work & Research

Child Welfare Professionals' Attitudes and Beliefs About Child Welfare-Based Natural Mentoring for Older Youth in Foster Care: Journal of Social Service Research

Foster Youth and Social Support: The First RCT of Independent Living Services: Research on Social Work Practice

Development, Feasibility, and Piloting of a Novel Natural Mentoring Intervention for Older Youth in Foster Care: Journal of Social Service Research

Natural Mentoring Among Older Youth In and Aging Out of Foster Care: A Systematic Review: Children and Youth Services Review

"She Holds My Hand" The Experiences of Foster Youth with Their Natural Mentors: Children and Youth Services Review

It's Good to Know That You Got Somebody That's Not Going Anywhere: Attitudes and Beliefs of Older Youth in Foster Care About Child Welfare-Based Natural Mentoring: Children and Youth Services Review

Foster Youth and the Transition to Adulthood: The Theoretical and Conceptual Basis for Natural Mentoring: Emerging Adulthood, Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood 

 
Photovoice

Using Photovoice Methods to Conduct Research WITH Youth: Resource list from Lisa Schelbe, Ph.D., MSW and Lisa Jackson, LCSW, MSW

 
 
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