Authentic Youth Engagement

Youth-Adult Partnerships

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

April 29, 2012

Summary

This issue brief outlines how child welfare agencies can support both strong youth-adult partnerships and authentic youth engagement. The end goal is simple: Help young people in foster care become meaningfully invested — and connected — as they move toward adulthood.  

This publication is a product of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.      

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Key Takeaway

Engagement is important for all youth, and it’s absolutely critical for young people in foster care

Adolescents in foster care have often missed out on natural occasions to lead, make decisions and contribute to their community. As a result, child welfare agencies must intentionally create opportunities for youth in care to take on these critical roles. 

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