This brief discusses the meaning of social capital and how it affects the growth and development of kids in foster care. It shows how school, neighborhoods, peers and family all play a critical part. The brief is part of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative issue brief series for foster youth engagement.

May 28, 2012

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The definition of social capital.

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    Why social capital is so important for foster teen development.

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    The 4 types of social capital important to young people.

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    The policies and practices needed to help foster youth succeed.

Key Takeaway

Social Capital includes interacting and trusting

Social capital is fundamentally about how people interact with each other, meaning the value created by investing in relationships through trust and reciprocity. The three keys for foster kids include: (1) the quantity of an individual’s social relationships, (2) the quality of those relationships, and (3) the resources those social relationships can bring to the table.  

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