Resources include training curricula and materials for child welfare caseworkers on helping youth transition from out-of-home care, addressing topics such as skill development, support services, and creating permanent connections for youth. Resources include State and local examples.
Caseworker Visits: Preparing Older Youth for Adulthood [Video]
Minnesota Department of Human Services (2011)
Describes the importance of quality face-to-face visits between social workers and youth in foster care in preparing youth for adulthood. This video includes the perspective and personal stories of a youth who was formerly in foster care.
Foster Care Transition Toolkit (PDF - 1,843 KB)
U.S. Department of Education (2016)
Includes tips and resources for youth currently in foster care or recently in foster care on making decisions about securing housing, careers, education, and other life skills.
Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood: Pathways Transition Training Toolkit (PDF - 2,212 KB)
Jivanjee, Brennan, Gonzalez-Prats, Melton, & Hayden-Lewis (2016)
Portland State University, Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures
Presents online training modules, interactive exercises, quizzes, and resources for services providers working with transitioning youth with mental health needs.
Independent Living Planning Guides
State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services, Office of Independent Living (2015)
Provides guidance on independent living planning and service provision for caseworkers serving youth and young adults in the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services’ care.
Know Before You Go Extended Foster Care Toolkit
Alliance for Children’s Rights
Provides brochures and handouts for foster care youth transitioning out of foster care and older youth transitioning into extended foster care living in California. Information includes a transitional living plan, health information, and recommendations for employment and education.
Supporting Youth to Successful Transitions from Foster Care
University of California- Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, California Social Work Education Center(2012)
Presents a comprehensive curriculum for social workers to understand how to assist nonminor youth as they transition out of extended foster care.
Training Resource on Transitional Independent Living Plan
California Social Work Education Center (2008)
Considers strategies for developing a transitional independent living plan that engages the youth and supportive adults, describes the youth's current level of functioning, and identifies emancipation goals, services, and activities.
Youth at Risk of Homelessness: Identifying Key Predictive Factors Among Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Washington State (PDF - 377 KB)
Shah, Liu, Mancusco, Marshall, Felver, Lucenko, & Huber (2015)
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Research and Data Analysis Division
Summarizes the results of a study that identified key risk and protective factors associated with youth homelessness in the year after youth age out of foster care. This report uses a predictive model that involved input from subject matter experts, various data elements, and a refinement of the current statistical model in Washington State.
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