The Duke Endowment recently awarded The Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children & Families, a $169,000 research grant to evaluate a new intervention for youth in foster care, using The Dougy Center’s Peer Grief Support Model.
Through the study, teens in South Carolina’s foster care system will participate in support groups this summer using The Dougy Center’s evidence-informed model of peer-based grief support as part of the L.Y.G.H.T. program (Listening and Led by Youth in Foster Care: Grief, Hope, and Transitions).
“Because children and youth in foster care face both death and non-death losses, The Dougy Center’s peer grief support model can provide positive outcomes for this population as well,” said Dr. Monique Mitchell, The Dougy Center’s Director of Translational Research & Curriculum Development. “Our goal is to train agencies working with youth in foster care on The Dougy Center Model so that they can provide ongoing grief support to this population.”
Based in Charlotte, N.C., The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.