Adolescents face a range of developmental issues, and as teens approach adulthood, living independently becomes a significant goal. While youth with intact families may struggle to achieve self-reliance, youth in out-of-home care face formidable obstacles. The following resources provide information on helping adolescents transition to adulthood and live independently.
- Promising practices
- Support services for youth
- Resources for youth
- Extending out-of-home care for youth past age 18
Aging Out: Voices From Those in the Foster Care System [Video]
Los Angeles Times
Offers a video of interviews with more than a dozen youth from the Los Angeles area on the verge of being emancipated from foster care or who had recently aged out. In the video, the youth speak about their pasts and their dreams for the future.
Casey Family Programs
Provides an array of services for children and youth in foster care, including services that help youth make a successful transition to adulthood.
The Forum for Youth Investment
Aims to help communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21: ready for college, work and life.
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Brings together the people, systems, and resources necessary to help youth in foster care make successful transitions to adulthood by making grants, providing technical assistance, and advocating for improved policies and practices.
Program Instructions Related to Independent Living
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Clarifies and explains procedures and methods for operationalizing program policies, adds details to program regulations or policy requirements, and conveys to grantees program guidance on actions they are expected or required to take.
Solutions Desk: Helping Youth Transition
Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs
Offers sample documents, forms, and reports, provides information on collaborative models, grant opportunities, links to Federal websites, and other valuable resources.
Spotlight on NYTD [Video]
National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) (2014)
Provides information regarding the history and purpose of the NYTD, the first national data collection service for youth aging out of foster care.
State by State Facts
National Resource Center for Youth Development
Presents information on State coordinators, administration of Chafee dollars, services for youth over age 18, and more.
The Transition From Foster Care to Adulthood Wiki
University of Chicago Law School
Encourages information sharing among States, Tribes, and territories regarding legal and practical approaches to serving youth in foster care in their transition to adulthood. The site includes information on programs, age limits, discharge procedures, and juvenile court jurisdiction and practice.
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Works Wonders Initiative [Video]
Foster Forward (2014)
Reviews the Wonder Works Initiative, a program that provides career planning, job training, and support groups for youth transitioning out of foster care in Rhode Island.
YMCA Connections Project [Video]
YMCA of San Diego (2014)
Describes the Connections Project, a federally funded program that addresses the well-being of youth who are transitioning out of foster care in San Diego through one-on-one coaching and wellness classes.