Homelessness, Reports and Publications

Casey Family Services Resources on Foster Care


The Casey National Alumni Study
Two reports from the Casey National Alumni Study present life experiences, educational achievements, and current functioning of more than a thousand alumni of Casey foster care. The reports, "Mental Health Outcomes from the Casey National Alumni Study," and "Assessing the Effects of Foster Care: Early Results from the Casey National Alumni Study," present data collected from case records and interviews of 1,087 Casey foster-care alumni who were served between 1966 and 1998.

Improving Family Foster Care: Findings from the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study
A study which examines how youth formerly in care ("alumni") have fared as adults, and what changes in foster care services could improve their lives. Case record reviews were conducted for 659 alumni (479 of whom were interviewed) who had been in the care of Casey Family Programs or the Oregon or Washington state child welfare agencies between 1988 and 1998. Findings for three domains are presented: Mental Health, Education, and Employment and Finances. This summary also provides an overview of a predictive analysis showing which foster care services, when optimized, hold the greatest promise for improving the outcomes for foster youth.

It’s My Life: Housing
Published in 2005, It’s My Life: Housing provides useful information for child welfare professionals and others who work with youth transitioning to adulthood and independent living. This report provides web links to online resources strategies to help young people find, get, and keep housing, and developmentally appropriate strategies for adolescents to young adults

Someone to Care, A Place to Belong: Adolescents and Foster Care in Massachusetts
This 2003 document summarizes the findings from a legislative briefing on teen foster care. It provides recommendations for ways social workers can improve outcomes for teens currently in foster care and those who have recently exited. Although this report is specific to Massachusetts, it provides a good universal background in data and regional/national trends which Connecticut readers could find useful.

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