Supporting youth in the transition from foster care: formal and informal connections

Child Welfare. 2010;89(1):125-43.


Social support is needed by everyone, but particularly by vulnerable populations at times of transition. This study utilizes data collected from 96 former foster youth regarding supports they received during the transition from care. The report addresses three questions: (1) What types of supportive relationships did the sample report? (2) What are the characteristics of supportive relationships? (3) What is the relationship of social support to outcomes? Based on the analysis, the authors draw implications for intervention and research.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Female
  • Foster Home Care*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • New England
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Social Support*
  • Social Work*
  • Young Adult