May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care.
May's special issue highlights a higher education program for transitioning youth, a tool for evaluating youth connectedness, and other information about foster care.
The Obama administration remains committed to improving the lives of children in foster care and the futures of youth who may leave foster care without a permanent family.
As youth are developing skills to prepare for adulthood, the important people in their lives, such as family members, others in the community, case workers, and foster parents can offer the guidance and support they will need to successfully navigate life's challenges. Programs and services can also help prepare youth for all aspects of self-sufficiency, such as living on their own, enrolling in school or completing an education, seeking employment, managing finances, and more. Use the following resources to help youth prepare for a successful transition to adulthood.
|Working With Youth to Develop a Transition Plan|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2013 - 8 pages|
|Provides information to help child welfare professionals and others who work with transitioning youth to understand the Federal legislative requirements for transition plans and partner with youth to develop a plan that builds on their strengths while supporting their needs.|
Provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, locate, and participate in effective programs for youth. The website includes information on positive youth development, mentoring, transitioning youth, evidence-based programs, and more.
Kleinberg & Moore
Children's Rights Litigation, 13(3), 2011
Discusses the challenges faced by youth who age out of the foster care system, federally supported transition services, strategies for advocating for services for youth, criteria for accessing title IV-E foster care funds for children up to age 21, and the creation of the supervised independent living placement category.
Langford & Greenblatt (2012)
Foster Care Work Group
Highlights considerations, challenges, and opportunities for foundations in investing in supports for pregnant and parenting adolescents and young adults currently in or transitioning from foster care.
Durso & Gates (2012)
The Williams Institute, True Colors Fund, & The Palette Fund
Outlines key statistics of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth populations served by homeless youth organizations; who is most at risk; and why these populations are most at risk.
Hadley, Mbwana, & Hair (2010)
Child Trends Factsheet
Examines the roles of programs designed to serve older youth in promoting positive development and subsequent self-sufficiency in adulthood.
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative & Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (2009)
Addresses specific ways in which effective strategies and practices identified by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems may benefit each other and areas where the two systems can work together to smooth the transition to adulthood and improve outcomes for crossover youth.
Improving the Economic Security of Children in Foster Care and Young People who are Transitioning From Foster Care: A Guide to Eligibility and Access to Food Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicaid
State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center & First Focus (2012)
Discusses ways to help children and youth in foster care who aged out of care access critical public benefits, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the School Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Discusses four barriers to youth reenrolling into Medicaid upon leaving foster care: youths' lack of knowledge of the Medicaid option, their strong desire to disassociate from the system, their lack of healthy adult connections, and the lack of knowledge of those who provide services. Recommendations to address the barriers are included.
Pergamit, McDaniel, & Hawkins (2012)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Describes how States are using Chafee funds to provide housing assistance to youth as they age out of foster care and enter adulthood. The report explores how the assistance provided through this program fits in with other sources of housing assistance available in the States.
Dworsky, Dillman, Dion, Coffee-Borden, & Rosenau (2012)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Summarizes what is known about the housing needs and outcomes common to young people who age out of foster care.
McDaniel & Pergamit (2013)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation & Urban Institute
Describes how youth in foster care who participated in Los Angeles County's Life Skills Training program rated their preparedness for work at age 17, and explores whether their assessments accurately predict education and employment two years later. Using data collected as part of the Multi-Site Evaluation of Foster Youth Programs, this study indicates a high sense of job preparedness, particularly when combined with high reading skills, is associated with more employment and college enrollment, but the relationship should be interpreted cautiously.
American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Education Law Center, & Juvenile Law Center (2012)
Explains the postsecondary education challenges faced by youth transitioning out of foster care. Information is provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, education and training vouchers, State tuition waivers, scholarships, oncampus programs, and other supportive services designed to assist youth formerly in foster care with postsecondary education and training programs.
University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2012)
Discusses the overrepresentation of youth with disabilities in Minnesota's child welfare system and the academic challenges they face. The analysis notes the low quality of transition plans for youth with disabilities in foster care and the higher level of isolation they experience in their special education settings.
National Association of Social Workers
Practice Perspectives, Fall 2011
Details how a support network, a transition plan, and access to educational supports and opportunities put older youth in foster care in a better position to achieve their goals.
The Finance Project
Offers research, best practice, policy, and funding information to support services for youth formerly in foster care and their successful transition to adulthood. The site also includes the Connected by 25 framework of education, workforce, financial literacy, savings and asset building, entrepreneurship, and permanency. Resources include Guide to Mapping Community Assets for Transitioning Youth .
Works nationally, in States, and locally to create opportunities for young people to achieve positive outcomes in permanence, education, employment, housing, health, financial capability, and social capital. Resources about the Opportunity Passport, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative's financial literacy and asset building program, include: The Opportunity Passport: Building Assets for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care and Enduring Assets: Findings From a Study on the Financial Lives of Young People Transitioning From Foster Care .
Infusing Early Intervention for Substance Use Into Community Mental Health Services for Transitioning Youth
Taylor & Anthony
Social Work in Mental Health, 9(3), 2011
Describes transitioning youth, their need for alcohol and other drug early intervention, and the community mental health system characteristics to be considered in developing early intervention practices.
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2010)
Describes provisions under the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act that direct States to have a health oversight and coordination plan for each young person in foster care and discusses State efforts to improve health outcomes for youth in foster care.