2021 Research Report
Our interim report from the first year of the Texas Foster Youth Permanency Study centers the voices of youth participants and fills critical knowledge gaps about what helps youth in care thrive in emerging adulthood. Three key themes arose from our interviews and surveys with youth:
- Connections with peers in school contribute to academic success and wellbeing
- Empowering youth starts with active listening
- Healthy relationships conversations are essential
Initial Pilot Study Findings
The ongoing Texas Youth Permanency Study explores the complexities of permanency 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.
Our TYPS Sheets
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- Participants will learn how experiences in foster care affect social development, outcomes and relationships
- Participants will learn how supporting normalcy activities can promote child wellbeing
- Participants will learn about best practices to promote normalcy and understand the legal protections afforded through the prudent parent standard