The Kempe Fostering Healthy Futures Program
Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF) is a positive youth development program for preadolescent youth, ages 9 to 11, with a history of placement in out-of-home care. The program uses a combination of screening assessments, individual mentoring, and group-based skills training to promote healthy development and reduce risk factors for adverse outcomes.
The Fostering Healthy Futures program has:
• Demonstrated positive impacts for youth in multiple domains
• Been named an evidence-based program
• Provided over 35,000 hours of face-to-face prevention programming for over 250 youth
• Provided over 80,000 hours of training to graduate students
• Served as the field placement site for 130 graduate interns in social work and psychology
• Trained over 100 graduate student research assistants, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows
• Produced over 30 peer-reviewed publications
The FHF program is currently in Phase II, which includes program dissemination and implementation activities, as well as expanding the mentoring program for teens.
Please contact the Program Director, Heather Taussig, for more information about Phase II activities or click here for additional information on the Fostering Healthy Futures program.
The Fostering Healthy Futures Team:
Heather Taussig, Ph.D., Program Director
Melody Combs, Ph.D., Project and Research Manager
Orah Fireman, M.Ed., LCSW, Clinical Team Leader
Edward Garrido, Ph.D., Researcher
John Holmberg, Psy.D., Dissemination Coordinator
Robyn Wertheimer, LCSW, Training Coordinator, Clinical Team Leader