After reviewing and consulting research literature regarding mentoring children and youth in and leaving care, we identified limited literature relevant to informing our discussions and the creation of this resource, other than the previous work by The Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research Centre, prepared for the Children and Youth in Care and Mentoring Subcommittee of the Alberta Mentoring Partnership in September, 2014.The Centre was established to support and disseminate research knowledge and evidence on policy issues related to improving the well-being and health of children and youth and is seen as an innovative leader in that regard. The document summarizes both the literature, as well as interviews with key individuals with experience in mentoring children and youth in care in the Canadian context. This resource, therefore, utilizes the findings and conclusions of the Centre’s literature review. The document is in the public domain and is cited as follows:
Vandenberghe, C. (2014). Mentoring Youth in Care. Calgary, AB: Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research for the Child and Youth in Care and Mentoring Subcommittee of the Alberta Mentoring Partnership (see Appendix A)
Additionally, this resource builds on the key findings from a new study which explores mentoring with youth transitioning out of foster care:
Munson, M.R., Brown, S., Spencer, R., Edguer, M., & Tracy, E. (2015). Supportive relationships among former system youth with mental health challenges. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30(4), 501-529.
Furthermore, we have utilized the experiential knowledge that has been gained through interviews with experts in the mentoring field, practitioners in both the child welfare sector and in the mentoring field, as well as evaluation studies of programs and projects within the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement.