Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Human Development and Family Studies


Due to their placement in the foster care system, foster children face a higher likelihood of future negative outcomes. Typically, foster youth behave more aggressively, lack social-adaptive skills, and struggle with emotion regulation (Deutsch, Lynch, Zlotnik, Matone, Kreider, & Noonan, 2015). To help resolve these behavioral difficulties, foster youth must learn life skills and social skills. At Chamberlain’s Children Center, I will engage the children in a series of activities, focusing on the life skills associated with meal time. For the last activity, the children will invite staff members and peers to a final dinner, providing them an opportunity to showcase their newfound skills. The participants will be able to demonstrate mealtime etiquette and manners, starting a dinner conversation, and setting the table for themselves and their guest.