Mentoring USA Foster Care Program

Note: The Mentoring USA Foster Care Program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Mentoring USA Foster Care Program has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Mentoring Programs (Child & Adolescent), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Children and youth (7-21 years) in foster care

Brief Description

Mentoring USA's mission is to create sustained and supportive mentor relationships for children in need ages 7-21. The program matches youth across the country with inspirational adult mentors who can guide them in developing better self-esteem, creating healthy relationships, and making positive life choices. Many youth enter the program experiencing varying levels of educational difficulties or social challenges. Furthermore, Mentoring USA has specific programs to target youth in foster care and adopted youth. Studies show that children who succeed despite enormous personal, economic, or social obstacles often times do so because of the presence of committed and competent role models who believe in them.

The Mentoring USA Foster Care Program is uniquely designed to provide structured, one-to-one mentoring for youth in foster care through New York City. This program follows the same important guidelines as the Mentoring USA general programs do, all while expanding service to youth up to 21 years of age. When foster care children turn 21 years old and ‘age out' of the system, they are presented with a whole new set of challenges, many of which their mentors can help them overcome. As part of the foster care programming, Mentoring USA also offers unique programs that link adopted youth with adults who were adopted. The Mentoring USA Foster Care Program aims to provide these youth with someone who cares, in order to develop a long-term relationship and therefore hopefully increase the likelihood of future success.

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Mentoring USA Foster Care Program.

References

No reference materials are currently available for Mentoring USA Foster Care Program.

Contact Information

Name: Stephen Powell
Title: Executive Director
Website: www.mentoringusa.org
Email:
Phone: (212) 400-8284
Fax: (212) 400-8278

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2012

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012