FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

INSTITUTE FOR QUALITY CHILDREN’S SERVICES

AT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK

We examined the Life Model of residential care for trauma-affected foster youth with life-skill deficits. Staff interviews described implementation. The Community-Oriented Programs Environment Scale, completed by youth and staff, assessed the care environment. The Child Assessment of Needs and Strengths, the Life Assessment, and discharge data were available for 42 youth. Results from the COPES indicated moderate-high scores on relationship, personal growth, and system maintenance. Paired-samples t-tests showed improvements in functioning, behavioral/emotional needs, and strengths. RMANOVAs of the Life Assessment showed youth experienced growth in spirituality/culture, education, vocation, and overall development. Most youth discharged to family-based placements or independent living.