Young in Foster Care

Project Department: Uni Research Health (group: Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare)

About the project

Young in Foster Care is a longitudinal cohort study targeting foster youth born from 1999 to 2005. The aim is to investigate trajectories and predictors of mental health among foster children. Examining risk and resilience factors for psychosocial functioning among these youth may give information that is crucial for supervision and interventions following placements in this high-risk group.

Data collection was completed on two time-points: In 2011 (N = 300), and in 2017 (N = 405).
The survey included assessment of youth mental health, resilience and quality of life, as well as service use and satisfaction with services provided for foster youth and their family. Foster parents, teachers and foster youth completed questionnaires by an online survey.

Uni Research Health is responsible for the study and it is approved by the Regional Committee for Medical Research Ethics, West-Norway, and the Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs. 

Founding and collaboration

The study Young in Foster Care receives founding from the Norwegian Research Council as part of the project Children at risk evaluation models (project no. 256598).

Collaborators in Young in Foster Care includes Professor Helen Minnis, University of Glasgow Scotland; Psy.D, PhD Sebastien Monette, Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

The study also colaborate with the National Association for Children in the Child Protection System, and the National Association for Foster homes.

Two PhD candidates are currently working on projects within the study:

More information?

Please direct any queries you may have about Young in Foster Care to Stine Lehmann, e-mail:


See Fosterbarns psykiske helse.

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