“Just Being There, Like a Shoulder to Lean On”
We conducted research to amplify the voices of young adults with foster care experience to raise awareness about the impact of COVID-19 on their mental health and how stakeholders can help. The findings can inform philanthropists, practitioners, and policymakers in better responding to the needs of young people.
The Experiences of Foster Youth During COVID-19
Our study provides practitioners, policymakers, and advocates with data and recommendations for a national response to COVID-19 as it affects older youth in foster care and those aged out of foster care.
We have 4 core values
We work for the equitable treatment of children and families affected by the child welfare system, and its collateral systems of education, housing, health care and the law.
We possess depth and breadth of knowledge related to child welfare research, scholarship, policy, practice, and teaching across multiple disciplines committed to child and family well-being.
We engage together in scholarship and advocacy, partnering with external organizations, and promoting interprofessional education and practice.
We advocate for evidence-based policies and practices that support the well-being of marginalized children and families.
The Field Center engages in interdisciplinary research, policy, advocacy, and education to promote best practices in creating and sustaining a child and family welfare and support system that is responsive to the needs of diverse families and communities.
Meet our Managing Faculty Director
Johanna Greeson, PhD, MSS, MLSP is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice and the Managing Faculty Director of the Field Center. Her published work has been cited over 1,700 times. Dr. Greeson has developed a theory-based and research-informed intervention for older youth in foster care, Caring Adults ‘R’ Everywhere (C.A.R.E.), focused on the cultivation of resilience through the development of supportive adult relationships for older youth in care.
Expert Recommendations on Improving Services to Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Lessons from the Pandemic and Beyond
Last year, I joined a research team at the Field Center to examine the mental health challenges experienced by older youth in and aged out of foster care during COVID-19 and the buffers they employed to regulate their emotions.
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Children and families need resources and support to thrive. Learn more about supporting our mission to promote best practices and inform policy in the systems that young people access through intentional, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research.
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