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Here at Graham Windham, a youth development and family organization located in New York City, we rely heavily on data and ways to elicit information from our participants and staff and use the information to improve practices and change our systems. As a result, we are evolving to meet the needs of the populations we serve.

When we saw that the rate of our youth in foster care graduating high school was only about 50 percent per year, we challenged ourselves to figure out how to change that. When we heard from our parents and foster parents during roundtable meetings that they wanted support from peers, we looked for a way to implement that.

we knew we needed to do something different. As we dug deeper, we implemented targeted responses that included staff training and coaching and new programming for parents and youth. To address each of these, we realized that part of the solution could be the same across the board: emotional peer support groups.

In our quest to help kids, families, foster parents and staff…

Finish reading this article on the Youth Today website: https://youthtoday.org/2018/08/network-model-of-emotional-peer-support-groups-eases-stress-for-foster-parents-staff/

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