Foster Care Youth and School Mobility

This study examined the relationship between school mobility for Colorado students in foster care and educational attainment outcomes, specifically earning high school diploma, a high school equivalency diploma (e.g., through examination such as a GED), or exiting the K-12 system without a credential. After examining the study’s findings, the Colorado legislature passed the Educational Stability for Foster Youth Act, which provided $2.9 million for foster care youth to remain in their school of origin after being relocated from their prior home placement.

Colorado Lab Reports on Youth in Foster Care

The staff of the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab has recently published research on the experiences of youth in foster care. The first report summarizes the results to date of the Colorado Study of Students in Foster Care; the second examines a recent drop in the graduation rate for foster youth and opportunities to improve this graduation rate in the future.

Educational Success of Colorado Students in Foster Care: What we have learned and future directions for actionable research

Insight into the 2017 Drop in Foster Care Graduation Rates: An examination of trends in dropout events, academic proficiency, school mobility, and child welfare placement changes for the foster care classes of 2014 to 2017

Preventing Child Neglect through Colorado Community Response

The Colorado Community Response program provides voluntary services to families who are reported to the state for child abuse or neglect but whose circumstances do not rise to the level of child welfare service involvement. The program is designed to reduce incidences of neglect by increasing the financial stability and self-sufficiency of caregivers. The Colorado Lab is supporting a randomized control trial determining the efficacy of the program.

Denver Runaway Upstream Prevention Pilot

Denver Collaborative Partnership is taking an upstream preventative approach to serving youth who run away and their families. A rapid response team is meeting the youth and families where they are and connecting them to evidence-based services (e.g., Multi-Systemic Therapy, Functional Family Therapy) aimed at preventing juvenile justice involvement and the need for out-of-home care. The Lab will conduct a rigorous evaluation of the project. Pay for Success financing is funding this project.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for the Underserved

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an evidence-based model to help system-involved youth that is not widely available. The Center for Effective Interventions at the University of Denver has identified Adams, Mesa, Pueblo, and Weld counties to participate in a pilot providing MST to youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The Lab is evaluating the impact of the MST expansion on youth recidivism. Pay for Success financing is funding this project.