Youth Voices from Foster Care
A initiative to involve youth who have experienced foster care in the process of improving child welfare practice and policy.
Youth Voices from Foster Care (Youth Voices) is a arts-based, youth-led creative storytelling project that aims to involve youth who have experienced foster care in the process of improving child welfare practice and policy. Youth Voices is a collaboration between Kansas Strong and the Kansas Youth Advisory Council.
Using prompts developed by the Kansas Youth Advisory Council, participating youth will create art projects that answer one or more of these questions:
- What supports do I need to thrive?
- What did I appreciate about a caseworker who helped, impacted or supported me?
- What advice would I give to others about how to communicate with me?
- What information is most helpful for me to have?
- What insights do I wish my foster parents or placement provider had?
Using prompts developed by the Kansas Youth Advisory CouncilYouth will make creative projects of their choosing that will build knowledge around the hopes, needs, and aspirations of youth in foster care.
Improved ServicesTo learn from youth in foster care and better understand their needs and goals. Their input will help us share information with professionals who are responsible for developing effective services that meet the needs of children, youth, and families in KS.
ResearchTo share what we learn from this process with people working in child welfare across the country and to promote partnering with youth coalitions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Youth ages 14-26 who have experienced foster care
The KU Research Team will lead youth in creating individual or collective art projects (or both!). These sessions will occur over Zoom for the foreseeable future.
We are offering two kinds of Zoom groups on different days and times that participating youth can choose from:
- Creative Arts Groups: These are open sessions to make any kind of creative project.
- Poetry Groups: These are groups where everyone in attendance will write individual poems and then use those poems to create a collective poem.
The sessions will last 1.5 – 2 hours
Participating youth will be asked to attend one session, but they are welcome to attend as many as they would like!
Child welfare workers, anybody providing services to youth, administrators, policymakers, other relevant child welfare stakeholders, researchers, youth
The Kansas Youth Advisory Council unites youth in care and enables them to speak directly about their experiences while obtaining life and leadership skills. The Council is an organized structure for youth to provide advice and recommendations concerning the child welfare system in Kansas and on a National level.
Prioritizing the Voices of Youth and Families
This work reflects a call to action from the United States Children's Bureau to engage, learn from, and honor the expertise of youth.Children's Bureau Resources
Kansas Strong for Children and Families
Youth Voices from Foster Care is one strategy of Kansas Strong for Children and Families, a federally-funded initiative that aims to support Kansas child welfare as a collaborative, data-driven system that achieves positive outcomes for children’s well-being, safety, and permanency.About Kansas Strong