Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MA in Child Development


Leaving the foster care system is a major transitional experience for youth in the child welfare system. This thesis will explore the process of transitioning out of foster care through the policies and resources that affect this population and several clinical models that aim to encourage resilience in youth leaving care. The first section will explore the policies in place to support youth transitioning out of the foster care system and then examine several of the resources specifically available to youth leaving care in New York City. The second section will explore how clinicians might help to develop resilience in therapy through various theoretical perspectives. The third section will reflect on ongoing work with clients and the process of identifying strengths and cultivating resilience in the therapeutic setting. The goal of this thesis is to highlight the roles that both caseworkers and clinicians play in assisting youth to successfully leave care. This paper will provide resources for caseworkers in New York City and clinicians working with this population.

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Psychology Commons