This research-based issue brief outlines clear strategies and framework elements that child welfare service systems should adopt to promote the development of resilience among young adults in foster care. Readers explore what it means to develop resilience, what research says about this issue and why it is such a vital asset for youth in care.   

April 27, 2012

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The protective factors and risk assessment associated with resilience.

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    The challenges facing young people in foster care.

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    How we can help kids in care develop resilience.

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    The vital role adults play in this development process.

Key Takeaway

Current thinking about resilience calls for a change in how we serve youth in foster care

To help young people in foster care develop resilience, research shows that care systems should adopt a framework that emphasizes strengths not just addresses deficits, enhances protective factors not just reduces risk and recognizes that developing resilience is a continuous, interactive process not simply a static trait.  

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