Pathways to Success

Building Evidence to Prevent Homelessness Among Foster Care Youth

In 2013, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Division of Child Welfare (DCW) was chosen as one of 18 grantees to receive a planning grant (Phase I) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau under their Youth-At-Risk-of-Homelessness (YARH) demonstration projects.

Since then, Colorado was selected as one of six grantee sites to move on to Phase II, to implement and conduct a formative evaluation of the model intervention conceived in Phase I.

The purpose of YARH is to develop, implement, and test a model intervention that prevents and addresses homelessness among youth with current or prior foster care involvement. Ultimately, the goal of the YARH demonstration projects is to produce evidence-based interventions that other child welfare agencies can implement in their jurisdictions in an effort to prevent youth with foster care involvement from becoming homeless.

The Why It Matters video highlights the importance of partnership between young people and caseworkers in developing a youth-driven Roadmap to Success. This video matters because the young people who we serve matter. They rely on us, as professionals, to provide support, encouragement and connection with resources to pursue their goals, hopes and dreams.

CPR is conducting a Formative Evaluation of Colorado’s Pathways to Success Phase II project.

Below you will find planning documents, intervention overviews and evaluation reports from the Pathways to Success project. More documents related to the project will be added to this page as they are completed.

PHASE I: PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION – YARH1 OCT 2013 – SEPT 2015

Developing a Model Intervention to Prevent Homelessness Among Youth Aging out of Foster Care

September 2018 

Lanae Davis, MPA, Tara Prendergast, MCRP, & Denise McHugh, JD

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PHASE II: FORMATIVE EVALUATION – YARH2 OCT 2015 – SEPT 2019

Colorado Pathways to Success Intervention Manual

September 2019

Lanae Davis, MPA, & Savahanna Matyasic, MSW

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Utilizing Coaching to Prevent Homelessness Among Transition-Age Youth with Foster Care Histories

January 2018

Tara Prendergast, MCRP, & Lanae Davis, MPA

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To learn more about Pathways to Success, please contact:

Trevor Williams, Project Director
P: 303.866.4539
trevor.williams@state.co.us

Denise McHugh, Pathways Project Manager
P: 720.331.2746
denise@sparkcommunityfoundation.org

Lanae Davis, MPA, Lead Evaluator
P: 303.837.1555
ledavis@centerforpolicyresearch.org