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Fostering Lions Program receives scholarship to assist students

Jan 6, 2021

Although foster youth can face many challenges, those who continue into college are better prepared for adulthood and more likely to achieve economic independence and an improved quality of life. For the first time ever, a program designed to support foster youth at Penn State was recently awarded…

Penn State sociology professor coauthors new book on foster care

Mar 26, 2020

An examination of the foster care system and its effects on children is the focus on a new book authored by Sarah Font, assistant professor of sociology at Penn State, and Elizabeth Gershoff, professor of human development and family studies at the University of Texas at Austin The book, “Foster…

8th annual Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference explores the future of foster care

Oct 9, 2019

Improving placement quality and outcomes for children in foster care was one of the themes at the 2019 Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference, “The Future of Foster Care: New Science to Address Old Problems," held recently at Penn State’s University Park campus. Placement quality refers to…

Foster care the focus of upcoming child maltreatment conference

Aug 28, 2019

The 2019 Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference, being held Sept. 23-24 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus, will focus on identifying and addressing the obstacles within the foster care system by translating research and evidence-based solutions into effective…

'Fostering Lions' program connects foster youth with opportunity at Penn State

Aug 26, 2019

Carine Kelley always knew she wanted to attend college to pursue her dream of working for the FBI, but as a former ward of the state of Florida, she faced challenges not shared by many other college-bound students. “I became a ward of the state when I was 14, after my dad passed away,” Kelley said…

Registration for 2019 Solutions Network Conference is open

Apr 23, 2019

Registration for the 2019 Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference is now open. The Future of Foster Care New Science to Address Old Problems will take place September 23-24 at The Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. The conference will focus on identifying and…

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network seeking conference presentation proposals

Mar 21, 2019

The Penn State Child Maltreatment Solutions Network is seeking proposals for paper and poster presentations at its 2019 conference, which will be held Sept. 23-24 at the Nittany Lion Inn at University Park. The title of this year’s conference is “The Future of Foster Care: New Science on Old…

Youth who age out of foster care show higher educational attainment

Jul 25, 2018

Children in foster care often suffer detrimental effects that can carry over into adulthood and infect future relationships. However, new Penn State research indicates youth who age out of foster care attain higher educational achievement than those who exit foster care and are reunited with their…

Solutions Network Awareness Event focuses on the foster care system

Apr 30, 2018

Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network recently hosted “Building Resilience and Hope,” and brought together researchers, advocates, public servants, and foster youth to discuss Pennsylvania’s foster care system and strategies for supporting youth in pursuit of a college education. Jennie…

Building resilience and hope in foster children awareness event April 7

Mar 19, 2018

In America today, there are nearly 400,000 children in the foster care system. Although they can face many challenges, positive experiences during PreK-12 education may offset abusive or neglectful treatment. Foster youth who continue into college are better prepared for adulthood and more likely…