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The THRIVE Evaluation

Learn more about the current study.

What is THRIVE?

THRIVE is a promising sexual health intervention for youth in foster care and child welfare professionals that aims to create a safe and inclusive space in which youth can talk and learn about relationships and sexual health. THRIVE consists of a 4- hour training for child welfare professionals and 10-hour training for youth ages 13 to 19 delivered in congregate care settings.   

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About The THRIVE Evaluation

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) at the University of Texas at Austin is partnering with implementation and evaluation teams in Illinois, Kansas, and Colorado to conduct an efficacy study of THRIVE, a promising sexual health intervention for youth in foster care and child welfare professionals.
THRIVE was designed by the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative, which brought together sexual health, violence prevention, and child welfare experts, foster caregivers, child welfare professionals, and youth with lived experience.

Three organizations with expertise in child welfare and sexual health (Planned Parenthood of Illinois, KVC Behavioral Health Services Kansas, and the Colorado Sexual Health Initiative) will implement THRIVE in congregate care settings in their respective states.

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago serves as the independent evaluator, supported by teams at the University of Kansas and the University of Colorado Boulder. The 5-year study is funded through a Tier 2 Rigorous Evaluation Cooperative Agreement from OASH – Office of Population Affairs (2023-2028).

Meet the TXICFW Project Team

Barbara Ball, Ph.D., LPC-AT
Principal Investigator

Monica Faulkner, Ph.D.
Principal Co-Investigator

Sharon Hoefer, MSSW
Project Manager