As part of an evaluation team led by Westat, Inc., Social Welfare professor Laura Abrams has been awarded a three-year grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to evaluate their transition age foster youth strategy. The grant, in partnership with Westat and Hunter College, will allow Abrams to study youth transitioning out of foster care in Los Angeles and New York City.
There are three key components to Abrams’ upcoming work, as illustrated in the Hilton Foundation program strategy:
Two areas of the project will be given extra attention: pregnant and parenting foster youth, and foster youth who are in the juvenile justice system.
Abrams, an expert on juvenile justice, recently released the book “Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C.”
The Hilton Foundation’s strategy, launched in March 2012, addresses the obstacles foster youth face as they age out of the system by supporting both programs that meet the needs of particularly vulnerable foster youth, and programs that give all foster youth the skills and support they need to succeed. In addition to this programmatic work, the Foundation supports collaboration and coordination across the systems and organizations that influence outcomes for transition-age youth.