The Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) is designed as a 5-year longitudinal study following 500 foster youth who are 14 – 21 years old at time of recruitment. Participant recruitment occurs at child welfare courts across Texas. The recruitment window is from July 2019 – December 2020. We are continuing to reach out to additional courts to ensure representation of youth from diverse geographic areas.
Data collection involves quarterly on-line surveys completed by all youth and in-depth annual interviews with a randomly selected subsample. After the initial survey at time of enrollment, youth will be contacted every 3 months by the research team to update their information and complete quarterly mini-surveys (5 – 10 minutes), respectively more comprehensive annual surveys (20 – 30 minutes). Click here for a list of measures.
- How do foster care experiences in adolescence shape developmental outcomes (safety, education, health, life skills, vocation) in emerging adulthood?
- To what extent do foster youth develop stable and nurturing relationships and sustain these relationships in emerging adulthood?
- Does the legal outcome of the case (adoption, reunification, permanent legal guardianship or aging out of care) impact developmental outcomes and relational permanency in emerging adulthood?
- How does relational permanency impact developmental outcomes during emerging adulthood?
- Design policies and services to enhance relational and physical permanency for youth
- Honor youth voice and choice in their journey through the child welfare system
- Use evidence to guide funding of what works for youth
The study has been approved by the IRB at UT Austin and the Department of Child and Protective Services.