Mentoring adolescent foster youth: promoting resilience during developmental transitions (2006)

K.L Osterling and A.M. Hines

Search Terms: emancipation, foster youth, independent living skills, leaving care, mentoring, resilience

Summary: The current exploratory study used quantitative and qualitative data from an evaluation of the ‘Advocates to Successful Transition to Independence’ program, a mentoring program designed to train mentors to assist older adolescent foster youth in acquiring skills and resources needed for successful transition out of foster care and into adulthood. The study was conducted in two phases over two years. Quantitative methods were used to describe characteristics of the older adolescent foster youth and advocates, and qualitative methods were used to describe the experiences of youth and advocates in the program.