About the Study

Does THRIVE improve sexual health outcomes for youth in foster care?

The THRIVE study is led by child welfare experts at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago with support from the University of Kansas and the University of Colorado Boulder.

The study will address two main questions:

  1. Does THRIVE increase young people’s knowledge about healthy relationships and sexual health, communication with partners about consent, and use of condoms and contraceptives?
  2. Does THRIVE increase child welfare professionals’ confidence in talking with youth about sexual health and their provision of sexual health resources to youth?

We are seeking child welfare partners in Illinois, Kansas and Colorado:

Congregate care providers who agree to participate will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: a group that will receive THRIVE (i.e., program group) or a group that will not (i.e., comparison group). This will allow for comparing the outcomes of youth and child welfare professionals who receive the THRIVE intervention to the outcomes of youth and child welfare professionals who do not receive the intervention. More information for participating sites.

The study team is committed to:

  • Minimizing the burden on child welfare partners.
  • Responding to partner needs when scheduling program and evaluation activities.
  • Keeping the needs of youth and child welfare professionals at the center of this project.

Meet our evaluation team:

Amy Dworsky, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago 
Katie Massey Combs, University of Colorado Boulder 
Pegah Naemi Jimenez, The University of Kansas