The Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) examines the long-term outcomes and opportunities of youth, 14 and older, in the Texas Foster Care System.February 2023
AMPLIFYING YOUTH VOICE
Early results from our pilot study suggest that focusing on legal permanency alone may not be sufficient to understand the factors that allow youth in the child welfare system to thrive and grow up to be successful adults. We learned that no matter the permanency outcome for former foster youth, having authentic relationships was key to a successful transition to adulthood. Through our pilot study's findings, we were able to begin to provide tips to caseworkers, mental health professionals, institutions that serve foster youth, judges, birth families, adoptive families and foster families.