Awareness, Analysis, Engagement: Critical Consciousness Through Foster Youth Advisory Board Participation

Authors: 
Forenza, B.
Type: 
Journal Article
Year Published: 2018
Journal Name: 
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume: 35

Abstract: 

This journal article presents a study that uses a strengths-based, critical consciousness framework to describe how 15 foster youth advisory board members in a single state reflect on, analyze, and respond to their socio-political worlds. Foster youth advisory boards provide child welfare-involved young people a forum through which to impact the policies, programs, and services that govern their care. In addition to facilitating policy change, these boards may also enable participating youth to cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and their worlds. To this end, the author aims to describe youth advisory board processes, while also analyzing how critical consciousness develops through foster youth advisory board participation. The author discusses emergent themes around the existing dimensions of critical consciousness. The article includes implications for policy, practice, and future research. (author abstract modified)

Availability: 
Available through journal subscription or article purchase at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10560-017-0515-3
Accession Number: 
25878
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