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Message ID: 9800
Date: 2015-04-28

Author:Breitenstein, Larry D.

Subject:RE: youth aging out of foster care in PA

Julie, In PA, three organizations will be key in your study. I'd start with the Office of Children Youth and Families. They are the State office within the Department of Human Services that oversee Pennsylvania's county children and youth agencies. Counties would submit invoices for kids returning to care for payment to this office. I suspect there is a process for tracking these but you may need to "follow the money" to first identify these kids. Someone at OCYF should have data on those children. I believe OCYF issued a Bulletin (PA's policy statements) on this in 2008. You may have to request permission from the Deputy Secretary to this research. Her name is Cathy Utz. Since the actual foster kids are the responsibility of the counties in PA, I suggest you contact the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Association. This is the organization that represents the public county children and youth administrators. They have responsibility for the kids. Since its PA, you'll need to get cooperation from Philadelphia and Allegheny (Pittsburgh) Counties as most of our foster children are in these urban areas. These can be challenging agencies to work with when you consider the volume of kids they deal with. There are 67 counties in PA so if you want a census of all "success" kids, you'll have a lot of work ahead of you. Speaking as a former PA C&Y county administrator I think you'll find most of them willing to help but also very busy. If you want to talk to kids you'll have to go through them. As for actually contacting the kids for interviews, the last group are private providers, as most foster care in PA are in provided by these agencies. I'd be surprised if 1% of the "success" foster kids in PA are in public foster homes. So you may also want to contact the Pennsylvania Council of Children Youth and Families Services. Bernadette Bianchi is the CEO. She knowledge of the ins and outs of the system in PA is unsurpassed. She may be of assistance in contacting the directors of the private agencies as most in PA are members of PCCYFS. PA is not an easy state to understand. I've been working here 35 years and I'm still trying to figure it out. Hope this helps. Larry Breitenstein PhD Social Work Program Director Slippery Rock University -----Original Message----- From: bounce-119105783-12476202@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-119105783-12476202@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Julie Lewellyn Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2015 8:22 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: youth aging out of foster care in PA Hi, In July 2012, Pennsylvania passed the Fostering Connections to Success Act which allows youth who age out of foster care to return to care up until the age of 21. Neither the Department of Human Services nor the Administration of Pennsylvania Courts has collected any data on the number of youth who have taken advantage of this opportunity. For my doctoral dissertation, I am researching this topic and am trying to find out approximately how many youth in PA have returned to foster care after aging out. I will also be examining their reasons for returning to care and their experiences with the re-entry process. Does anyone have any suggestions on who to contact to collect this data and the best way to go about requesting this information? Also, does anyone have any suggestions on how to make contact with some of these youth to interview them about their experiences with the re-entry process? Thanks in advance for your help! Julie Lewellyn

Julie, In PA, three organizations will be key in your study. I'd start with the Office of Children Youth and Families. They are the State office within the Department of Human Services that oversee Pennsylvania's county children and youth agencies. Counties would submit invoices for kids returning to care for payment to this office. I suspect there is a process for tracking these but you may need to "follow the money" to first identify these kids. Someone at OCYF should have data on those children. I believe OCYF issued a Bulletin (PA's policy statements) on this in 2008. You may have to request permission from the Deputy Secretary to this research. Her name is Cathy Utz. Since the actual foster kids are the responsibility of the counties in PA, I suggest you contact the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Association. This is the organization that represents the public county children and youth administrators. They have responsibility for the kids. Since its PA, you'll need to get cooperation from Philadelphia and Allegheny (Pittsburgh) Counties as most of our foster children are in these urban areas. These can be challenging agencies to work with when you consider the volume of kids they deal with. There are 67 counties in PA so if you want a census of all "success" kids, you'll have a lot of work ahead of you. Speaking as a former PA C&Y county administrator I think you'll find most of them willing to help but also very busy. If you want to talk to kids you'll have to go through them. As for actually contacting the kids for interviews, the last group are private providers, as most foster care in PA are in provided by these agencies. I'd be surprised if 1% of the "success" foster kids in PA are in public foster homes. So you may also want to contact the Pennsylvania Council of Children Youth and Families Services. Bernadette Bianchi is the CEO. She knowledge of the ins and outs of the system in PA is unsurpassed. She may be of assistance in contacting the directors of the private agencies as most in PA are members of PCCYFS. PA is not an easy state to understand. I've been working here 35 years and I'm still trying to figure it out. Hope this helps. Larry Breitenstein PhD Social Work Program Director Slippery Rock University -----Original Message----- From: bounce-119105783-12476202list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-119105783-12476202list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Julie Lewellyn Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2015 8:22 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: youth aging out of foster care in PA Hi, In July 2012, Pennsylvania passed the Fostering Connections to Success Act which allows youth who age out of foster care to return to care up until the age of 21. Neither the Department of Human Services nor the Administration of Pennsylvania Courts has collected any data on the number of youth who have taken advantage of this opportunity. For my doctoral dissertation, I am researching this topic and am trying to find out approximately how many youth in PA have returned to foster care after aging out. I will also be examining their reasons for returning to care and their experiences with the re-entry process. Does anyone have any suggestions on who to contact to collect this data and the best way to go about requesting this information? Also, does anyone have any suggestions on how to make contact with some of these youth to interview them about their experiences with the re-entry process? Thanks in advance for your help! Julie Lewellyn