Resources for Youth in Transition
The following resources are written for youth who are aging out of out-of-home care, providing practical information on topics that may be important as they transition to adulthood. Resources include State and local examples.
Offers resources for young people transitioning out of foster care, including information on higher education, permanency, independent living, State-specific resources, and more.
Keep in Touch: Young People Offer Advice on Staying Connected and Living Independently (PDF - 2673 KB)
Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2008)
Highlights the benefits of a transitional living program and provides a checklist for youth transitioning to independence.
Foster Care to Success
Provides opportunities for foster youth to pursue college and postsecondary education; encourages citizens, businesses, and civic organizations to support older youth in foster care; and raises public awareness of the needs of older teens aging out of the foster care system.
State and local examples
Foster Youth in Transition Website
Michigan Department of Human Services (2007)
Offers information on a variety of issues important to youth currently or formerly in foster care in Michigan, including links on developing supports, finding services, getting questions answered, and more. The website is updated by youth board members across the State.
A Guide for Those "Aging Out" of Foster Care in Texas (PDF-4700 KB)
Texas Foster Youth Justice Project
Provides youth with an overview of the things they should consider as they get ready to leave the Texas foster care system.
North Carolina Resource Guide for Youth Transitioning Into Adulthood (PDF - 466 KB)
North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Guardian ad Litem Division (2009)
Provides information on helpful resources across the State and on community programs. Each resource listing includes a web address, telephone number, description of the organization, and types of help the organization provide.
A Survival Guide for Teens Aging Out of Foster Care (PDF - 322 KB)
Miller & Thompson (2007)
Helps Oregon youth in foster care understand the services and supports available to them as they transition to adulthood, including information on financial assistance, housing, education, employment, personal finances, health insurance, and civic involvement.
Surviving the Transition to Adulthood: A Field Guide for Families and Teens (PDF - 197 KB)
Division of Child Mental Health Services, Delaware Children's Department (2008)
Addresses legal requirements after turning 18, as well as education, employment, health care, housing, transportation, life skills, social support, and civic responsibilities.
Transition: The Passage From Youth to Adulthood: Your Guide to the Services and Information That Can Make Transition a Success for Young People With Disabilities Who Went Through the Foster Care System (PDF - 5714 KB)
Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities & Florida's Children First (2009)
Addresses services and supports in a variety of areas, such as education, guardianship, vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology, and Social Security.
What Is Youth In Progress? (PDF- 219 KB)
Youth In Progress, New York State Office of Children and Family Services (2010)
Describes a New York State program that empowers youth in foster care (ages 14-21) to advocate for greater awareness of the needs of youth in care and improved services for youth transitioning out of foster care.
You Are Not Alone!: A Handbook Published by Lawyers for Children for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in New York City (PDF - 1556 KB)
Lawyers For Children (2007)
Discusses issues youth may want to address while they are still in foster care and provides information on resources available to youth after they age out of foster care.