Research and development is the newest component of the Center for Fostering Success at Western Michigan University. It was added in the spirit of supporting knowledge discovery, development and dissemination about young people who experience foster care and solutions related to education and career success. The research and development component promotes applied research, and the sharing of published research with professionals working “in the fields” of foster care and education. Launched in January 2014, it has two main objectives:
- To conduct applied research about programs and practices that effectively support youth aging out of foster care to thrive in education and career.
- To share research findings pertinent to foster care and higher education with professionals and others supporting young people who have experienced foster care.