Caring Adults 'R' Everywhere (C.A.R.E.)

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About This Program

Target Population: Youth ages 18-21 who are currently living in out-of-home child welfare placements (e.g., foster care, group homes, residential care)

For children/adolescents ages: 18 – 21

Brief Description

Caring Adults ‘R’ Everywhere (C.A.R.E.) is a 12-week natural mentoring intervention designed to address social support needs of youth preparing to exit foster care by facilitating and strengthening naturally occurring relationships and supporting the development of growth-fostering relationship between them and their self-selected natural mentors (i.e., helpful nonparental adults from within the youth’s social network). Prior to enrollment in C.A.R.E., a master's-level social worker referred to as an interventionist meets individually with the youth in an effort to identify an appropriate natural mentor. Once the natural mentors have been screened and approved, they undergo a trauma-informed training. During the 12-week intervention, youth and their natural mentors participate in a variety of group activities as well as supportive one-on-one sessions with the interventionist designed to strengthen and clarify expectations surrounding the natural mentoring relationship. Additionally, the foster youth and natural mentor dyads are expected to meet a minimum of 2 hours per week for unstructured dyad “match” time, during which they can work on life skills and engage in other enriching community-based activities. Aftercare/booster sessions are available following the 12-week intervention.

Program Goals:

The goals of Caring Adults ‘R’ Everywhere (C.A.R.E.) are:

  • Produce significant improvements in foster youth’s noncognitive abilities including grit, resilience, future expectations, and emotion regulation and self-control
  • Produce significant improvements in foster youth’s prosocial development including sense of school membership, life skills, peer relationships, mental health, and engagement in health risk behaviors
  • Produce significant improvements in foster youth’s future outcomes of educational achievement (e.g., completion of a high school degree or GED), employment, homelessness, use of government benefits, and criminal justice behavior/involvement

Contact Information

Johanna K.P. Greeson, PhD, MSS, MLSP
Title: Assistant Professor
Agency/Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
Department: School of Social Policy & Practice
Phone: (215) 898-7540
Fax: (215) 573-2099

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2017

Last CEBC Contact Date: May 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2016