What do youth need to successfully transition from foster care?
The ongoing Texas Youth Permanency Study explores this question with youth currently in the foster care system in Texas. Preliminary findings suggest that:
- Authentic relationships matter most.
- Every child needs to feel normal.
- Authentic relationships and feeling normal foster well-being in adulthood.
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.
This “TYPS sheet” highlights recommendations for Caseworkers from youth based on their experiences in care. Released February 2019.
This “TYPS sheet” highlights recommendations for birth families from youth based on their experiences in care. Released January 2019.
This “TYPS sheet” highlights recommendations for institutions from youth based on their experiences in care. Released December 2018.
This “TYPS sheet” highlights recommendations for adoptive parents from youth based on their experiences in care. Released November 2018.
This “TYPS sheet” highlights recommendations for mental health professionals from youth based on their experiences in care. Released September 2018.
Full Pilot Report
This pilot report summarizes findings from a sample of youth formerly in foster care on their experiences, wellbeing, and the importance of relationships. Released March 2018.
Texas Youth Permanency Study
There is longitudinal research tracking the outcomes of youth who have aged out of foster care but no study exists comparing the outcomes of youth who have aged out of care to those who are adopted or reunified.
This absence is significant, as youth who are adopted or reunified are at high risk of negative outcomes due to their trauma histories, yet their outcomes are largely unknown. More information is needed to understand how permanency outcomes impact current and former foster youth as they transition into adulthood, and how to best direct resources to achieve better outcomes for this population.
In an effort to fill this gap, the Texas Youth Permanency Study will utilize participatory action research as it follows a cohort of current foster youth into adulthood. The project will seek answers to what types of supports are available to adolescents during their teen years and after they turn eighteen, based on their permanency outcomes, as well as how different permanency outcomes impact health, life skills, education, safety, and vocational outcomes.
This study will provide invaluable information on ways to supply resources in a manner that is both cost-efficient and beneficial. It will also contribute to improving the outcomes of youth who have been in foster care, and help to prevent child abuse in future generations.
For inquiries regarding research design, you may contact Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW.
For information on how you can support this study, please contact Amy Knop-Narbutis.
If you are a youth in foster care who is interested in participating in the Texas Youth Permanency Study, click here.
Child Crisis Center of El Paso
Children’s Defense Fund-Texas
The Children’s Shelter
Covenant Kids Family Services
Goodwill Central Texas
National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter
National Foster Parent Association
One Voice Texas