Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF)

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About This Program

Target Population: Boys and girls, ages 9-11, placed in out-of-home care in the prior two years as a result of maltreatment

For children/adolescents ages: 9 – 11

Brief Description

FHF is a mentoring and skills group program for maltreated preadolescents in out-of-home care.

Skills Groups. Children attend skills groups which meet for 1.5 hours/week for 30 weeks. The groups follow a manualized curriculum that combines cognitive-behavioral strategies with activities designed to help children process experiences related to placement in out-of-home care. For example, topics include: emotion recognition, problem solving, anger management, cultural identity, change and loss, and peer pressure. Multicultural stories and activities are integrated throughout.

Mentoring. Children are paired with graduate student mentors and receive 30 weeks of 1:1 mentoring (2-4 hours per week). Mentors work to: 1) create relationships with children that serve as positive examples for future relationships, 2) advocate for needed services, 3) help children generalize and practice skills learned in group, 4) engage children in educational, social, cultural, and recreational activities, and 5) promote positive future outlooks.

FHF targets risk and protective factors that have been identified as strong predictors of adolescent risk behaviors and associated outcomes.

Program Goals:

The goals of Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF) are:

  • Short-term goals:
    • Promoting healthy relationships with peers and adults
    • Promoting positive attitudes about self and future
    • Promoting skills for regulating behavior and coping adaptively
    • Promoting better mental health functioning
  • Long-term goals:
    • Reduce the likelihood of youth involvement in delinquency, substance use, and risky sexual behavior
    • Reduce the likelihood of placement instability and restrictive placements
    • Reduce the likelihood of school failure and dropout
    • Reduce the likelihood of arrests and incarceration

Contact Information

Heather Taussig, PhD
Title: Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Agency/Affiliation: University of Denver
Department: Graduate School of Social Work
Phone: (303) 871-2937

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012