It is critical for systems that serve young people in foster care to support them in developing resilience in the face of risk and adversity. This involves a shift from a focus on deficits to a focus on strengths, from risk amelioration to enhancing protective factors, and from considering resilience to be a static trait to understanding resilience as a continuous, interactive process. Link to Issue Brief
An issue brief from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative addresses resilience and provides a framework for helping youth in care develop resilience. Children and youth in foster care face many challenges that place them at greater risk of experiencing negative outcomes in adult life. However, research shows that youth with adequate support systems can and do develop resilience that enables them to cope with and adapt to these hardships.
Promoting Development of Resilience Among Young People in Foster Care is available on the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative website: Link to Jim Casey Report