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Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference

Non-Kin Natural Mentoring Relationships Among Transitioning Foster Care Youth

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Session Number: 2000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Michelle Munson; Susan Smalling

All Authors for this paper: Michelle Munson; Susan Smalling; Renee Spencer; Elizabeth Tracy

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Natural mentoring relationships have been associated with positive outcomes among transitioning youth, yet we know little about the nature of these relationships. This study examined the non-kin natural mentoring relationships among 193 older youth exiting foster care. Youth reported their mentors (e.g., staff at former placement) really know them, are “like the mother I never had,” and provide advice important to successful transition. Understanding these relationships can inform programs geared toward nurturing natural support relationships.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Session Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM