PI: Alex Trout
Co-PI: Jacqueline Huscroft-D'Angelo
Key Personnel: Kristin Duppong Hurley, Matthew Lambert, Lori Synhorst
Funding Source: Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement – Education Innovation, and Research (#U411C190009), 2019-2024

Objective: To develop and evaluate the Fostering Educational Success (FES) program with adolescents (grades 6-12) departing foster care to permanency placements.

Program Description: FES is a home- and school-based educational support program that aims to improve the educational outcomes and experiences of adolescents (grades 6-12) and their caregivers during the transition to permanency placements. Supports are provided in three primary areas (school connectedness, homework, and family engagement) by a trained Family Consultant.

Project Description: Fostering Educational Success: Reconnecting Families, Empowering Youth is a five-year collaboration between the Academy for Child and Family Well Being, KVC Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The team will work to develop, refine, and evaluate the FES program to keep students connected and engaged with school in order to improve short- and long-term educational outcomes including school engagement, home-to-school relationships, adult-student relationships, peer relationships, and promote positive school and community agency collaborations.

Study Aims:
(1) Develop and adapt existing program components and measures to address the needs of students exiting foster care.
(2) Pilot-test for feasibility, acceptability, and further program refinement.
(3) Evaluate FES through a three-year Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) targeting primary outcomes which include discharge and six-month follow-up evaluations of student educational engagement, school connectedness, family functioning, empowerment, implementation fidelity, social validity, and FES costs.

Published Manuscripts:
Huscroft-D'Angelo, J., Trout, A.L., Henningsen, C., Patwardhan, I., Lambert, M., Synhorst, L., & Tyler, P. (2019). Legal professional perspectives on supports for youth and families during reunification from foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 107. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104525


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