Performance Improvement 2013-2014. How Can Youth Who Have Aged Out of the Foster Care System Be Located and Engaged for Follow-up Interviews?


The Multi-Site Evaluation of Foster Youth Programs is an evaluation of four foster youth programs funded under the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999. Researchers were successful in locating and engaging youth after they left foster care.

The study identified successful methods for locating and engaging youth after leaving foster care, including planning the process up front, before youth leave care; establishing rapport with the youth; obtaining consent from youth to contact others; keeping in contact with youth; providing multiple means for youth to keep in touch; making use of a variety of locating methods; developing relationships with social service agencies that come into contact with youth; reaching out to parents and relatives; and providing incentives for youth who want to be found.

Report Title: Locating and Engaging Youth After They Leave Foster Care: Experiences Fielding the Multi-Site Evaluation of Foster Youth Programs
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Maria Woolverton, 202-205-4039
Performer: Urban Institute
Record ID: 9908 (June 19, 2012)

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