New webinar from MENTOR: Mentoring Youth in Foster Care

Mentoring Youth in Foster Care: Considerations and Strategies

(Thu, Dec 21, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST)

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Approximately 400,000 young people in the United States are in foster care on any given day[i], many of whom have experienced trauma and adversity beyond their peers. These young people face unique challenges, including changing home environments and placements, disruption to their education, and limited access to support and resources as they transition into adulthood. Despite these challenges, youth in foster care have shown great strength and resiliency.

A well-trained adult can support youth in foster care as they navigate these obstacles and plan for the future, but mentoring programs must take special care to design organizational environments that foster empathy and create procedures that respond to the unique challenges, assets, and circumstances experienced by these young people. Join this webinar to learn what the research says about mentoring youth in foster care and explore practices that equip mentors and mentees to develop healthy, reliable, and positive relationships. Panelists will discuss approaches to mentor recruitment, screening, training, and match support, as well as connecting youth with additional resources, preparing youth to “age out” of the foster care system, and nurturing youth voice and self-determination.


  • Heather Taussig, PhD, University of Denver
  • Colby Swettberg, Ed.M, LCSW, Silver Lining Mentoring
  • Tangina Sanders, Youth Villages Mentoring Program

[i] Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2017). Foster care statistics 2015. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. Retrieved from


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