Social Capital Survey (Foster Youth)

The National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council Social Capital Committee recognizes that securing social capital is vital in the lives of young people in Foster Care. We influence policy so that young people in and from care have the ability to establish a long-term network of people and resources, to ensure that foster youth in all capacities, have support in: fortifying existing relationships in family settings, education, job placement, and in the community, while building a new network of supportive connections.

Social Capital can be defined as people who you can use as a resource throughout your whole life. The results of this survey will be utilized by the policy council to develop policy priorities to present to federal stakeholders and other partners. If there is a question that you don't feel comfortable answering input "N/A."

We will be collecting emails in order to send out the Social Capital Priorities to those who fill out this survey.

* 1. Name*

* 2. Age*

* 3. Race/Ethnicity

* 4. Gender Identity

* 5. Geographical Location (State)

* 6. Level of Education

* 7. Email*

* 8. Foster Status*

* 9. Number of placements?*

* 10. Number of years in care?*

* 11. How many case workers have you had?*

* 12. Are you currently employed?*

* 13. How frequently do you volunteer in your community? 

* 14. (Check All That Apply) Who has had a significant impact on your life: *

* 15. Please explain the impact these significant people have had in your life.

* 16. (Check All That Apply) What do you think could have improved life-long relationships for you while in care?

* 17. (Check All That Apply) What is your current living situation?

* 18. While in care, other than social workers and foster parents, I was connected to someone who played the role of a supportive adult?

* 19. Briefly describe what a support system means to you.

* 20. Which of the following best describes your support system? (Organic relationships are people who you have met over time. e.g. teachers, mentors, friends, significant others, etc.)

* 21. While in foster care, are/were you able to explore cultural and community activities?

* 22. If Yes, what activities were helpful in building your social connections?

* 23. Did you feel your environment affected your ability to gain social capital? (This could be religious organizations, community affiliations, club sports in school, etc.)

* 24. While in the foster care system were you allowed to connect with biological family members who were not a threat to your health or safety?

* 25. Have you had or do you currently have someone in your life you consider a mentor?(Could be someone you look up to and/or someone you can talk to about big and small life choices.)

* 26. Where did you find the most support?

* 27. Remember, Social Capital is defined as people who you can use as a resource throughout your whole life. How much education, training/coaching, and/or support have you received on building Social Capital?

* 28. Have you served on a committee or board of a local organization in the past?

* 29. If so, did this experience help you build, and/or maintain Social Capital?

* 30. What do you think could be improved in social work practice to build Social Capital for foster youth?

* 31. Do you want to add anything? Explain in detail.

* 32. How many close friends or relatives did you communicate with during the past seven days?

* 33. During the past month, have you provided help to one or more people living or not living with you?

* 34. While in care I had someone to talk to me about my career plans, college or take me on college tours.

* 35. Other than school, teachers and social workers, there are people in my life who I am close with who completed college.

* 36. Who are these people?

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