Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF)
About This Program
The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Mentoring Programs (Child & Adolescent).
Target Population: Boys and girls, ages 9-11, who were placed in out-of-home care during the prior year as a result of maltreatment.
For children/adolescents ages: 9 – 11
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.
The short-term goals of FHF include promoting:
- Healthy relationships with peers and adults.
- Positive attitudes about self and future.
- Skills for regulating behavior and coping adaptively.
- Better mental health functioning.
The long-term goals are to reduce the likelihood of:
- Youth involvement in delinquency, substance use, and risky sexual behavior.
- Placement instability and restrictive placements.
- School failure and dropout.
- Arrests and incarceration.
- Name: Heather Taussig, PhD
- Agency/Affiliation: Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Colorado School of Medicine
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (303) 864-5216
- Fax: (303) 864-5347
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2012