Casey Familiy Programs examines how youth in foster care fare in areas such as employment, education and mental health.
This report presents findings from a two-year national project examining the education and employment outcomes for youth transitioning out of care. It provides recommendations about the types of services to provide, the importance of partnerships and the enhancement of policy.
Published in 2011 in the Journal of Family Social Work, this article is based on the findings from a subset of gender identity and sexual orientation questions from The Casey Field Office Mental Health Study. (Abstract)
Employment and education programs sponsored by the US Department of Labor
Published in 2010 in Child and Family Social Work, this article examines spiritual coping mechanisms, beliefs about spirituality and participation in spiritual activities and in other positive activities among adolescents in foster care. (Abstract).
Mental health screening and assessment, psychosocial interventions, psychopharmacological interventions, and parent engagement and support for child welfare professionals
interviewers from the University of Michigan completed interviews with 188 adolescents in Casey care in summer and fall 2006. The survey included questions about mental health, spirituality, ethnic identity, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Published in 2006, this review surveys major findings gleaned from studies about the evidence base for mental health care and about related class action law suits. The review also outlines steps that will improve the mental health services delivered to children in foster care.